Classical republicanism

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Classical republicanism is a body of political thought which was developed in Western Europe and Britain during the Renaissance. During this time period Europe was largely dominated by dynastic monarchies and classical republicanism was a reaction to this form of rule. More specifically, it is a form of republicanism which stresses the restraint of power through the use of mixed government and aims at active participation in government and public life by all levels of society.[1] Classical republicanism grew from the ideas of Niccolo Maciavelli (1469-1527) who in turn followed the ideas of such classical writers as Aristotle, Cicero, and Polybius.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Denson, John. "A Century of War", 2005.