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Pols 3400 Week 1 Notes

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Pols 3400 Week 1 Notes POLS 3400

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This is the first week of notes: over the Melian Dialogue
International Politics
Dr. John Antonio Pascarella
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political science




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christen King on Monday January 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 3400 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. John Antonio Pascarella in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 99 views. For similar materials see International Politics in Political Science at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 01/18/16
Week 1 (1/11-13/16) The Melian Dialogue (online document) Athenians Melians Hegemonic/determined Want autonomy and freedom Empire  human nature to have one Rule where they can “gods” and humans Context  Athens & Sparta are in the midst of a peace treaty with one another  Melos o Spartan colony o Claimed neutrality before the Athenian hostilities o “strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” Thucydides Speeches (I.22.1) o 2 perspectives 1) His own perspective 2) Reports from other people o Reflect his opinion on “the most needful things” expressed in each circumstance o Holds on to the “general sense of things truly spoken” o Work’s character is “a possession for all time” based upon the way Thucydides understands “the human things” (I.22.4) Diplomacy (cf. Athenian ¶ 1 and 2) Food for Thought Basically: how people speak is determined by who they are speaking to o Speech differs depending on who the audience is o The audience is affected by the political regime  “the multitude” o The secret diplomacy is more honest [because of what’s at stake i.e. losing Milos] Food for Thought What is foundational of a good alliance? Family? Friends? Geographical location (proximity or distance)? Self-interest? Disputes (cf. Melian ¶1) o Only the actors are judges  partiality exists o Alliances exist Actors The following are the motivators for the actors in the play: th o Empire (4 Athenian paragraph) o Freedom (8 th Melian paragraph, first paragraph in the summary) th o Hope (9 Melian paragraph) o Money and the “gods” (9 and 10 Melian paragraphs) Justice o Does being just only apply to those who are equal with each other? (cf. Athenian ¶ 3) Food for Thought Is overthrowing or challenging aggressive powers, just? (cf. Athenian ¶ 3)


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