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Mortal Republic

Institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise By the 130s BC however Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the center decayed and dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to. The founders of the US had the Roman Republic present in their minds as they were constructing the US republic Many of the institutions created outside of the English common law were modeled on political ideals inspired by earlier republics Rome being the most important example of the ancient world was the most important model To keep from falling into tyranny or dictatorship republics like Rome had many power centers that had checks on each other to make sure consensus was achieved before action was taken institutions no matter how well designed have to be respected and precedents and procedure have to be followed If people have no allegiance to institutions and allow the rule of law to give way to violent action outside of institutions and strong men to get away with the breach of law republics fall to demagogues and to tyranny Republics are negotiations between various parts of the populace to run their affairs but respect for the process and all concerned and a basic respect for the institutions is necessary When certain actors like the Gracchi started using the threat of violence to get their way they introduced a fear into the politic and raised the stakes of politics to win greater glory for a strongman and possible death for failure This destroys Republics because the process is ruined and the state becomes something to be conuered and controlled not preserved for the common good This channels politics into a winner take all zero sum game mentality which usually ends in autocracy People let their republic fall into civil war and chaos rarely restore their state to the status uo ante The peace when it comes is the peace of despotism However comfortable and safe it is it isn t compatible with freedom and it is usually less comfortable or safe than a functioning republic I recommend this book to anyone worried about their own republic these days You know who you are

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A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic prizewinning historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy For centuries even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power its governing. No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and the rise of an autocratic Roman Empire At its peak Rome was the world s only democratic power of its time Its governing institutions parliamentary rules and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise Rome judged each man s by his merit and service to the roman state as repaid with honor By the 130 BC however Rome s leaders began increasingly pursuing individual gain and obstruct their opponents As the dysfunction grew arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets Roman politics became a zero sum game in which the winner reaped massive rewards and losers often paid with their lives The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of AugustusThe book offers a highly detailed political history of Rome Mortal Republic covers a period of roughly 300 years From the 280 BC and 27 BC from the victory of Rome in the Second Pyrrhic War to Octavian seizing complete power and marking the end of the Roman Republic This is not a military history but rather the political history of Rome and rulers of that time and detailing the events occurred and how it affected the Republic From the opponents of Tiberius Gracchus who legitimized violence against political opponents to Sulla s using Roman army against it s own citizens to Caesar usurping all power Roman Republic died bit by bit every time a political procedure was misused or political opponents were intimidated The death became inevitable when ordinary citizens either supported or refused to condemn people like Sulla Marius Ceaser and Augustus who destroyed the democratic institutions bit by bit Ultimately the Republic died from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever Unlike most historical books this book aims to educate the readers without overwhelming them with facts dates jargon The writing was excellent and the narration is free flowingBut where the book succeeds the most is that is makes you introspect about the striking similarities between the political situation in the Roman Republic then and the political situation in most democracies now The Roman republic teaches the citizens of its modern descendants the incredible dangers that come along with condoning political obstruction and courting political violence It could not show that when citizens look away as their leaders engage in these corrosive behaviors their republic is in mortal danger Unpunished dysfunction prevents consensus and encourages violence In Rome it eventually led Romans to trade their republic for the security of an autocracy This Is how a republic dies As citizens are were condoning political obstruction and courting political violence Has the political divide now become so wide that we have abandoned all attempts at building a consensus Are we destroying the democracy we cherish by our stubbornness whichever side of the political divide you may be In the end the book leaves you with a grim reminder A Republic is a thing to be cherished and protected If it fails an uncertain and dangerous future awaits on the other side Many thanks to NetGalley and Basic Books and the author for this ARC

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Political violence in the streets The stage was set for destructive civil wars and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable In Mortal Republic Watts shows it died because it was allowed to from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last foreve. This is a interesting book one with a very relevant message


About the Author: Edward J. Watts

Edward Watts teaches history at the University of California San Diego He received his PhD in History from Yale University in 2002 His research interests center on the intellectual and religious history of the Roman Empire and the early Byzantine Empire



10 thoughts on “Mortal Republic

  1. says:

    No Republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it” In Mortal Republic historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains the collapse of democracy in the Republic and

  2. says:

    This is an interesting overview of the history of the Roman republic It might be useful for a high school or college class

  3. says:

    The past is no Oracle and historians are not prophets but this does not mean that it is wrong to look to antiuity for help understanding the present This was intense No republic is eternal It lives only as long as its citizens want it As soon as I finished the book I thought it would be a labor of Hercules to make a comprehensive review especially because the book is exhaustive in itself Romans had avoided political violence for three centu

  4. says:

    The founders of the US had the Roman Republic present in their minds as they were constructing the US republic Many of the

  5. says:

    I have this scene playing in my head of some book publisher checking his Twitter in 2018 and declaring “Books about the fall of republics are hot right now Get me a Roman historian” This book promises an analysis and description of the violent end of the Roman Republic an always worthy and interesting subject My complaint then is that the author provides little analysis and the description is too high level for th

  6. says:

    I've already read two excellent books on this topic Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland and The Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republicby Mike Duncan So I'm treating Mort

  7. says:

    There is an often repeated saying attributed to Mark Twain but probably apocryphal that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme” or something like that The author is a senior history professor at Cal San Diego who has written an account of the death of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire w

  8. says:

    Another of WORLD's recommendations Watts gives a succinct well paced play by play of how the Roman Republic gradually deteriorated as power hungry men made wealthy by Rome's conuests stretched the bounds of the law for their personal benefit E

  9. says:

    This is a interesting book — one with a very relevant message

  10. says:

    Available as a 105 hour audio download If possible get the version with an accompanyingpdf which has helpful maps and picturesThe republic di

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