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6 Grote’s Athens: The Character of Democracy

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This chapter first explains the familiar story of George Grote's revolutionary rewriting of Athenian history against the background of his intellectual context, the development of his own thinking, and with a view to his considerable influence on the development of a liberal theory of democracy. Then, it refines the understanding of the ways in which Grote's work can accurately be seen as a product of its time: not in its distortion of historical realities due to liberal democratic bias, but in its surprising retention, in the interpretation of those realities, of a number of peculiarly Victorian ideas, chief among them the notion of character. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of the Nachleben of Grote's Athens, and of the significant impact of Grote's notion of character on the democratic theory of the historian's ally, John Stuart Mill.

Keywords: Athenian history; democracy; George Grote; John Stuart Mill; liberal theory

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