Democracy: A History

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005 - Political Science - 246 pages
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The form of democracy first introduced 2,500 years ago by Kleisthenes--introduced, some scholars say, for his own personal gain--is quite different from what we call democracy today. And yet what was essentially a casual, practical solution to local Greek political difficulties has come to stand virtually unchallenged as the ground for modern political authority, and the questions which the Greeks first raised about the meaning of democratic rule still loom over our political and economic life. In Democracy, noted author John Dunn and twelve expert contributors trace the extraordinary political career of democracy from its appearance in ancient Greece to its recent resurrection in Eastern Europe. As the recent collapse of socialism demonstrates, the idea of democracy still holds a powerful attraction for us. By viewing its astonishing history across this great arc of time, the book shows why democracy today has both the power and the vulnerability which make it the key to understanding politics, and explains why it has triumphed so decisively in the modern world.
  

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The worddemocracy derives from the ancient Greekkratein ("to rule") anddemos ("by the people"). Here, eminent political theorist Dunn (King�s Coll., Cambridge;Democracy: the Unfinished ... Read full review

Contents

Preface Why Democracy?
13
Democracys First Coming
23
Democracys Second Coming
71
The Long Shadow of Thermidor
119
Why Democracy?
149
Notes
189
Index
239
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John Dunn is a Fellow of King's College and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Political Thought of John Locke, Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future, Modern Revolutions, and The History of Political Theory, and the editor of Democracy:
The Unfinished Journey.

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