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The Metropolises of the Middle East, The Destroyed World, Politics, About Revolutions, Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy
IDEA HISTORY / Is Greece more of a cultural periphery in the Middle East than the origin of our modern democracy? Aristotle believed that the Phoenicians in Carthage, like the law – isonomia – had a better government than Athens – the so-called cradle of democracy.

When the Nazis seized power in the Netherlands during World War II, the anti-fascist history professor Johan Huizinga (1872–1945) was among the most important enemies of the totalitarian occupying power. Even in 1942, Huizinga was critical of the Nazi regime. In July of the same year, Hitler's men arrested him for three months, before the 70-year-old was finally released when he was close to death. Huizinga was expelled from Leiden University, so he settled in the small village of De Steeg,. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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