(1) Republics, Ancient and Modern, Part 1 of 2; (2) Review of Tuchman’s “March of Folly”

Paul Rahe, George Kennedy, and Marc Plattner discuss republican forms of government from their roots in the city-states of ancient Greece to their modern versions. Along the way they investigate the connections between human nature and forms of government peculiar to the times.

In the second segment [22:00], Robert Gingher reviews Barbara Tuchman’s March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, as it relates to republican forms of government.

At the time of this discussion, Kennedy was professor of classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Plattner, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1983-84). was adviser on economic and social affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations. Rahe, a Fellow at the Center (1983-84), was professor of classics at Franklin and Marshall College.

Gingher was book reviewer for the Greensboro (N.C.) News and Record.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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