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Cambridge reading group on decline

'From Thucydides to Drumpf. Decline in history.'
When Feb 01, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Peterhouse C1
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The theme of decline is suddenly apropos thanks to the ongoing surge of populism and geopolitical fragmentation. For observers, this creates a stimulating as well as an intellectually murky situation. Many pundits have drawn loosely on the great names on our syllabus or other historical events to clarify and diagnose present crises. Are demagogues pushing us into a post-fact era? Ancient Greece had those in the sophists who 'made the weaker argument the stronger'. Have Western publics lost their strategic focus since the end of the Cold War? Rome too ​overcame Carthage only to lose its republic ​to the Caesars a century later. While affirming the instinct to turn to theory and history, we want to do so carefully and creatively. We intend to gain relevant heuristics through which to examine our present and future. 



 The first discussion will take place Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 PM in Peterhouse C1. Please RSVP for this first session by replying, cc Kaitlin Ball (, by this ​Friday (27 Jan), so we can estimate numbers.

Subsequent meetings will take place on alternate Wednesdays at 5 PM in the Alison Richard Building.


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