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Introduction: Pursuing Democracy

JOHN NORTH

in Representations of Empire

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780197262764
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262764.003.0001

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Introduction: Pursuing Democracy

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This introductory chapter draws attention to Fergus Millar's uncompromising desire for fairness and cooperation in all the societies and all the activities that concern him, and to the generosity with his time, energy, and intellectual force from which all his contemporaries have benefited, and still benefit, so much. The discussion is also intended to raise some issues of intellectual history: the question of how political commitments on current issues intersect with historical research, even though there seems to be no strictly logical correlation between the two; and also the problems of making a comparison between two historical situations, profoundly different in most respects, which seem all the same to echo one another in quite tangible and, at least theoretically, interesting ways.

Keywords: Fergus Millar; intellectual history; political commitments; historical research

Chapter.  6343 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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