How Government in the Ancient World Tried to Deal with Modern Problems
What a fantastic way to learn ancient history: via the parallels with modern times.
At every step he draws a parallel with modern times. Modern governments also destroy the money to fund the state, extend vast military empires that are unmanageable, try to control the market order, and attempt to rig political decision making in order to buy off the population.
The comparisons between then and now generate ominous lessons for our times.
This book was a smash hit when it first came out in 1939, and yet it went out of print, and hasn't been in print in half a century.
The writing is clear, the research impeccable, and it teaches modern and ancient history in one entertaining yet scholarly package.
What a triumph of research and writing this book is!
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Austrian Economics, Freedom and Peace