The Industrial History of Free Nations, Considered in Relation to Their Domestic Institutions and External Policy; In Two Volumes Volume N . 1

The Industrial History of Free Nations, Considered in Relation to Their Domestic Institutions and External Policy; In Two Volumes Volume N . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...were much the same. National vanity is, indeed, a versatile passion. Themistocles fed it with the idea of maritime ascendancy, and this not as attainable by mere superiority of seamanship, or wiser ways of trade, which would have necessarily been the growth of time and the subject of competition, but by such a combination of fraud and force as should first place the fleets of the minor states, on one pretext or other, under the lead of Athenians, and then let them separate if they dared. As against Persia the combination of forces was plausible and just; but peace came, and the ships of the confederates returned not to their respective havens. Athens wanted them still. Their crews might share with hers the common triumph if they would--in that respect she scorned to be illiberal--but not otherwise; their term of alliance was not ended yet, there was still common work to do. And this work was never finished till Greece was undone. Gradually the allied armaments became an Athenian fleet, oflicered, not exclusively but distinctively, by Attic citizens, receiving orders, censures, and rewards from that memorable place of assembly, whence the vessels in the Pirmus could be always seen. Pericles suggested a new form of popular ex-CI I 1,&P. citement. He was brave, but, from policy, averse;i;;-Z: to war. He was the friend of Phidias, and loved art. The allied treasury was full, and there were more triremes than enough already in Munychia and Piraeus. The city which was the centre of such a confederacy ought to look the metropolis; Athens should be glorious as well as the Athenians. With such popularity as he possessed, with such resources at his disposal, and with one so fitted to be constituted superintendant of public...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616618
  • 9781236616616