Interstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and Power by Polly LowInterstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and Power by Polly Low

Interstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and Power

byPolly Low

Paperback | December 3, 2009

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In this book Dr Low explores the assumptions and principles which determined the conduct and representation of interstate politics in Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. She employs a wide range of ancient evidence, both epigraphic and literary, as well as some contemporary theoretical approaches from the field of International Relations. Taking a thematic rather than a chronological approach, she addresses topics such as the nature of interstate society in the Greek world; the sources, scope and enforcement of 'international law'; the nature of interstate ethics and morality; interventionism and imperialism; and the question of change and stability. She argues that classical Greece's reputation for unrestrained and unsophisticated diplomacy is undeserved, and shows that relations between Greek city-states were shaped by and judged according to a complex network of customs, beliefs and expectations which pervaded all areas of interstate behaviour.
Title:Interstate Relations in Classical Greece: Morality and PowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052112428X

ISBN - 13:9780521124287

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. International Relations and Ancient History: 1. A case study: Professor Sir Alfred Zimmern; 2. Traditions of international relations: the history of the discipline; 3. International relations and ancient history; 4. Idealism, realism, and the problem of norms; 5. Conclusion: the Ecclesia and the League of Nations; Part II. Structuring Interstate Relations: 1. Introduction: society, system, and anarchy; 2. No such thing as society? A system of reciprocal relationships; 3. Reciprocity as the basis for a society; 4. Multilateral societies and panhellenic communities; 5. Conclusion: some examples; Part III. An Anarchic Society? International Law and International Custom: 1. Introduction: law and society; 2. Greek law, international law and Greek international law; 3. The sources and scope of Greek international law; 4. Application, enforcement and the problem of sanctions; 5. Conclusions; Part IV. Domestic Morality, Interstate Morality: 1. Introduction: a domestic analogy?; 2. Moral language: individuals and groups, selves and others; 3. Assumptions of and arguments for similarity; 4. Arguments for difference? Power, self-interest and justice; 5. Conclusions; Part V. Norms and Politics: The Problem of Intervention: 1. Introduction: the importance of intervention; 2. Helping the wronged: intervention as an ideal; 3. Intervention, autonomy and autonomia; 4. Intervention, imperialism and ideology; 5. Conclusions; Part VI. Stability and Change: 1. Introduction: an evaded dimension; 2. A stable system; 3. The problem of Thucydides; 4. The Athenian Empire: structures, institutions and ethics; 5. Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"Not since the publication of Frank Adcock and D. J. Mosley's Diplomacy in Ancient Greece (1975) has an English-language book attempted to survey the international relations of classical Greece. Polly Low's book is a significant advance over Adcock and Mosley, her analysis deeper and more thought-provoking."
-Sarah Bolmarcich, University of Texas at Austin, The International History Review