Letters and Politics

Aristocracy, Oligarchy, and Donald Trump

We are in conversation with Arthur Eckstein about how democracies and republics fell apart into chaos or despotism in the ancient western world. The history of those states recounts the history us of our own current state and the rise of a despotic demagogue in the White House.

Guest:  Arthur Eckstein is Professor of History and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a specialist in the history of Roman imperialism under the Republic and is the author of a number of books including Rome Enters the Greek East, Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome and his latest Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution. 

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