Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts


  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • Mortal Republic
  • Edward J. Watts
  • English
  • 11 October 2020
  • 9780465093816

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    Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it” In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and the rise of an autocratic Roman Empire At its peak Rome was the world’s only democratic power of its time Its governing institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation

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    Edward J. Watts ð 5 Download Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts This is an interesting overview of the history of the Roman republic It might be useful for a high school or college class However given the length of the period covered and the brevity of the book there is a lot of detail omitted The introduction to the book led me to believe that there would be some comparisons drawn between the collapse of the republic and current events However there is none of that analysis in thi

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    Edward J. Watts ð 5 Download Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiuity for help understanding the present This was intense No republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it As soon as I finished the book I thought it would be a labor of Hercules to make a comprehensive re

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    Read & Download Mortal Republic Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts Edward J. Watts ð 5 Download The founders of the US had the Roman Republic present in their minds as they were constructing the US republic Many of the institutions created outside of the English common law were modeled on political ideals inspired by earlier republics Rome being the most important example of the ancient world was the most important model To keep from fa

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    Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring “Books about the fall of republics are hot right now Get me a Roman historian” This book promises an analys

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    Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts I've already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I'm treating Mo

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    Free read Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Edward J. Watts Edward J. Watts ð 5 Download Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme” or something like that The author is a senior history professor at Cal San Diego who has written an account of the death of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire with the death of Julius Caesar and the rise of Augustus as emperor The story is an old one that is often told

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    Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts Another of WORLD's recommendations Watts gives a succinct well paced play by play of how the Roman Republic gradually deteriorated as

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    Free Mortal Republic author Edward J. Watts Available as a 105 hour audio download If possible get the version with an accompanyingpdf which has helpful maps and picturesThe republic did not need to die A republic is not an organism It has no natural life span It lives or dies

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Mortal Republic

Mortal Republic Summary ↠ 105 Free read Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Edward J. Watts Read & Download Mortal Republic Institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise By the 130s BC however Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the center decayed and dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to. I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring Books about the fall of republics are hot right now Get me a Roman historian This book promises an analysis and description of the violent end of the Roman Republic an always worthy and interesting subject My complaint then is that the author provides little analysis and the description is too high level for the reader to draw their own conclusions In fact it is hard to figure out who the intended audience for this book is This is a short book to cover the period from 264BC to AD17 and necessarily leaves a lot out but the nuances are necessary for the subject matter here Edward Watts talks about the events of the Jugurthine War in passing He mentions how Gaius Marius had undercut the commanding general uintus Metellus but he does not convey its significance or how that places Marius on the political landscape Watts mentions Sulla s proximity to the capture of Jugurtha but not how Sulla s attempt to exploit that for political advantage alienates him from Marius and ultimately contributes to alienating Marius from the nobiles The Cimbrian invasion gets only a few short paragraphs Watts mentions the purges following Sulla s second march on Rome but he does not convey the terror of a daily list of purged citizens being nailed to the rostrum every morning and just how deeply it scarred Roman politics going forward There is no description of the rampant alienation and cynicism of the post Sulla generation a generation often remarked to be different in the dress attitudes s and manners from their stoic and earnest ancestors He talks of Pompeii s conuests in the east but he never explains what they are A reader does not feel just how exhausted the Roman and Italian people were with politics and war by the start of the 40 s BC and yet unmentioned is the way the Roman people groaned so Appian tells us when they saw the depictions of Lucius Scipio and Cato the Younger in Caesar s triumph of the African campaign A reader may miss the idea that this is a people who may have loved the Republic loved its ideals of liberty and honor and yet rationally chose the dictatorship of Caesar The best authors on this subject make it clear to their readers that they would probably make the same bargain in similar circumstances todayMaybe this book is intended for readers who are already familiar with the subject and are looking to draw lessons from an analysis of the period Except there is no analysis in this book aside from a few unsupported assertions If most of history is accident some is trend and a tiny bit is law then an author needs to step out of the historical narrative long enough to make comparisons with other times and places to figure out which is which This telling of the fall of the Republic sticks strictly to a birds eye view of events and Watts does not discuss which facts of the story fall into which category It would be wrong to say that there is no commentary contained in the book but if it were all condensed it would probably fill no than a page or two and does not take the form of rigorous argumentation The singular comparison to the modern world is offered as a bromide in the last paragraph of the book When citizens take the health and durability of their republic for granted that republic is at risk This was true in 133BC or 82BC or 44 BC as it is an AD 2108 In ancient Rome and in the modern world a republic is a thing to be cherished protected and respected If it falls an uncertain dangerous and destructive future lies on the other side Before I sound too negative there are a few things that are very interesting in this book Edward Watts is clearly a knowledgeable professional historian who has a great depth and familiarity with this subject and his characterizations of events that he glosses over demonstrate his understanding of subjects he chooses not to write about Watts spends time talking about the economics of the republic than other authors and discusses the effects of the currency and credit markets at different points in its history He also relies upon archeological evidence to correct some of the exaggerations of the ancient historians for instance that the countryside had become totally dominated by rich landowners by the 140 s BC as he points out that the demographic trends and migration patterns strongly suggest that the diminishing fortunes of the family farmer resulted from same amount of land was being divided among and children every generation I would be very interested in reading some of his focused and scholarly works In short This is not the best book on the subject

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Mortal Republic Summary ↠ 105 Free read Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Edward J. Watts Read & Download Mortal Republic Political violence in the streets The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable In Mortal Republic Watts shows it died because it was allowed to from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last foreve. There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that history doesn t repeat itself but it does rhyme or something like that The author is a senior history professor at Cal San Diego who has written an account of the death of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire with the death of Julius Caesar and the rise of Augustus as emperor The story is an old one that is often told I first ran into it watching I Claudius on public televisionWatts puts a particular spin on the story however and that is what makes this book worth reading Shortly after the ascent of Augustus the empire suffered a string of terrible calamities in 22 BCE that were comparable to or surpassed the traumas of the recently completed civil war In response the people of the empire did not demand a return to the Republic and repudiate the recent death of the Republic and the installation of autocracy On the contrary the response was to lament that Augustus needed titles and power and that the salvation of the people was to be found in the empire The uestion motivating the story is how did the Republic come to die unloved and its place be taken by the Empire to which the people of Rome submitted How did that unfortunate series of events come aboutThe story is thus one of how the Republic worked when it was working who had responsibility how were decisions made how was accountability exercised and how were excesses addressed Then the historical account becomes how the republican model failed what went wrong and when what was the time line that prepared the way for the Civil War and the death of the Republic It is a great story and readers who do not know it should learn if they are able The punchline of course is the current state of democracy in the West in the mid 2010s you know Trump Brexit Putin Poland populism and the lot of it Those who fail to learn from the past While I grant the similarities with Rome the differences are also there and the Europeans at least have lots of experience with what can go wrong with democracy The same with the US Still the story is a good one and the author even if preaching does his preaching wellThis is a fine book

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Mortal Republic Summary ↠ 105 Free read Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Edward J. Watts Read & Download Mortal Republic A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic prizewinning historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy For centuries even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power its governing. This is an interesting overview of the history of the Roman republic It might be useful for a high school or college class However given the length of the period covered and the brevity of the book there is a lot of detail omitted The introduction to the book led me to believe that there would be some comparisons drawn between the collapse of the republic and current events However there is none of that analysis in this book I found the narrator of the audio book to be overly dramatic especially at the beginning of the book I ve rounded 35 stars up to 4 I received a free copy of this book from the publisher