The Presbyterian Review Volume 1

The Presbyterian Review Volume 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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... Roman rule. "The Roman Empire came to be a homogeneous mass of privileged persons, largely using the same language, aiming at the same type of civilization, equal among themselves, but all alike conscious of their superiority to the surrounding barbarians." Illustrations drawn from the relations of India to English rule and reconstruction, here and elsewhere in the book, add freshness and value to the discussion. The continuous historical treatment of the subject falls under the three periods of the republic, the early empire, and the later empire. These chapters present very completely the more familiar picture of the senatorial foreign administration which so soon developed enormous mismanagement and oppression, until the subject countries, rich and prosperous lands like Asia Minor even, were reduced to almost universal bankruptcy. There follows an excellent description of that ably devised and carefully executed system of the earlier emperors, with its surveys and census, and local freedom and extended franchise, and the displacement of tithes and middle-men by an equable land-tax and responsible officials, and the conscientious oversight of the very details of provincial life by the emperors. Good words can here be said even for Tiberius and Domitian. Gaul, Asia Minor, and Egypt, and the new Danubian provinces become full of people and replete with wealth and commercial life. But e reversed picture here, too, inevitably follows; the growing evils of excessive centaliiation and bureaucracy, the abridgment of municipal freedom, the oppressive influence of personal rule, exhaustive taxation, the degradation of the civil service to the compulsory servitude of an official caste, the reduction of trades and industries, even to enforced...show more

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  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 640g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623959
  • 9781236623959