Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thucydides: On Propaganda...The Reckless Audacity

"Words began to change their ordinary meaning, and to take on that which was not given to them.  Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation -- specious cowardice; moderation was held to
be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see both sides of a question -- inaptness to act on any."

-Thucydides (c. 460 BC – c. 395 BC) " Ancient Greek historian, and the author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. Thucydides has been regarded as the father of "scientific history" because of his strict standards of gathering evidence and his analysis in terms of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods. He has also been considered the father of the school of political realism, which views the relations between nations as based on might rather than right."( Cochrane, pg.179; Meyer, pg. 67; de Sainte Croix.)

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