And Machiavelli hated republican forms of government, don’t you know?

Mar 13, 2007

Robert Farley points us to the latest chapter in the continuing story of “everything I need to know about Thucydides I learned from the Melian Dialogue.”

Let’s all remember that while realists argue that the Melian Dialogue captures a basic truth of international politics, Thucydides was cataloging, in his view, Athenian hubris and self-immolation.


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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.