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  • ISBN: 9780226224824
  • ISBN10: 0226224821

The End of Kings a History of Republics and Republicans

by William R. Everdell

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2000
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Written in clear, lively prose, The End of Kings traces the history of republican governments and the key figures that are united by the simple republican maxim: No man shall rule alone. Breathtaking in its scope, Everdell's book moves from the Hebrew Bible, Solon's Athens and Brutus's Rome to the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson and the Watergate proceedings during which Nixon resigned. Along the way, he carefully builds a definition of "republic" which distinguishes democratic republics from aristocratic ones for both history and political science. In a new foreword, Everdell addresses the impeachment trial of President Clinton and argues that impeachment was never meant to punish private crimes. Ultimately, Everdell's brilliant analysis helps us understand how examining the past can shed light on the present.
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