Introduction : The complex and contested history of democracy

Isakhan, Benjamin 2012, Introduction : The complex and contested history of democracy, in The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp.1-26.

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Title Introduction : The complex and contested history of democracy
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Title of book The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy
Editor(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Stockwell, Stephen
Publication date 2012
Total chapters 43
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Keyword(s) History
Democracy
Politics
Summary Democracy has never been more popular. It is successfully practiced today in a myriad of different ways by people across virtually every cultural, religious or socio-economic context. The forty-five essays collected in this companion suggest that the global popularity of democracy derives in part from its breadth and depth in the common history of human civilization. The chapters include exceptional accounts of democracy in ancient Greece and Rome, modern Europe and America, among peoples’ movements and national revolutions, and its triumph since the end of the Cold War. However, this book also includes alternative accounts of democracy’s history: its origins in prehistoric societies and early city-states, under-acknowledged contributions from China, Africa and the Islamic world, its familiarity to various Indigenous Australians and Native Americans, the various challenges it faces today in South America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the latest democratic developments in light of globalization and new technologies, and potential future pathways to a more democratic world. Understanding where democracy comes from, where its greatest successes and most dismal failures lie, is central to democracy’s project of inventing ways to address the need of people everywhere to live in peace, freedom and with a say in the decisions that affect their lives.
ISBN 0748640754
9780748640751
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050872

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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