Textbooks, Soviets, and Neocons: The Spartan Mirage in the Twentieth Century

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016

Textbooks, Soviets, and Neocons: The Spartan Mirage in the Twentieth Century
John Serrati

John Serrati, PhD - University of Ottawa
Friday, February 12, 2016
2:30 p.m
Simard Building 129, University of Ottawa

Image of Sparta

Throughout nearly all of history, almost all non-classical portrayals of the Spartans, including the film 300, have hinged on the theme of free, obedient, loyal men defending liberty against tyranny and attempts at enslavement. However, during the Cold War, the United States began to identify itself more with democratic Athens, while the Spartans became the oppressive, anti-capitalist 'others' to America’s democracy and free market economy. This paper seeks to analyse this phenomenon via the examination of intelligence briefs, speeches, academic writings, textbooks, and popular culture.

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