As I'm beginning to read the classical texts on political theory - Platos Republic & Rousseaus Social Contract I'm beginning to be aware of just how shaky my knowledge of European History is.
On the grounds that one should have at least some facts at hand to mark & measure these philosophies against is it advisable to have a good understanding of European History; except that itself is a very broad discipline itself.
But then again, in Platos time; it is more the Hellenic History that one should be acquainted with. And that covers a different geographical ground...
Can one read Political Philosophy in a vacuum given that one is to some extent acquainted with some european history having been born & brought up in one?