1 It'd had more generations in which to form an oligarchy of respectability.
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2 The city, which was owned by an oligarchy of business men, being nominally ruled by the people, a huge army of graft was necessary for the purpose of effecting the transfer of power.
3 The Spartans held Athens and Thebes, establishing there an oligarchy, nevertheless they lost them.
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4 It is well understood here, that by the words Venice, England, we designate not the peoples, but social structures; the oligarchies superposed on nations, and not the nations themselves.
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