The fifth century BC witnessed not only the emergence of one of the first democracies, but also the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley provides a concise analysis of the development and operation of Athenian democracy against this backdrop. Taking into account both primary source material and the work of modern historians, Athenian Democracy examines:
•the prelude to democracy
•how the democractic system emerged
•how this system worked in practice
•the efficiency of this system of government
•the success of Athenian democracy.
Including a useful chronology and blibliography, this second edition has been updated to take into account recent research.