Books By: Montagu, Edward Wortley

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Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks

Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks: Adapted to the Present State of Great Britain By Edward Wortley Montagu
Edited and with an Introduction by David Womersley

Political Thought

In 1759, at the height of the Seven Years’ War, when Great Britain was suffering a series of military reversals, Montagu considered his country’s plight in an historical context formed by the study of five ancient republics: Sparta, Athens, Thebes, Carthage, and Rome. Montagu’s focus on the ancient republics gives his contribution a distinctive twist to the chorus of voices lamenting Britain’s decline, and his analysis exerted influence in three momentous eighteenth-century crises: the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence, and the French Revolution. This is the first modern edition of Montagu’s work.