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Introduction : democracy and history

Isakhan,B and Stockwell,S 2012, Introduction : democracy and history. In Isakhan,B and Stockwell,S (ed), The secret history of democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, London, Eng., pp.1-16.

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Title Introduction : democracy and history
Author(s) Isakhan,BORCID iD for Isakhan,B
Title of book The secret history of democracy
Editor(s) Isakhan,BORCID iD for Isakhan,B
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 14
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) Democracy
Summary The notion that democracy could have a ‘secret’ history might at first seem strange to many readers. Indeed, the history of democracy has become so standardized, is so familiar and appears to be so complete that it is hard to believe that it could hold any secrets whatsoever. The ancient Greek practice of demokratia and the functions of the Roman Republic are foundational to Western understanding of politics; school textbooks introduce the Magna Carta and the rise of the English Parliament; Hollywood blockbusters recount the events surrounding the American Declaration of Independence; many best-selling novels have been written about the French Revolution; and the gradual global spread of the Western model of democracy has been a recurrent news story since the end of the Cold War. So pervasive is this traditional story of democracy that it has achieved the status of received wisdom: endlessly recycled without criticism by policy-makers, academics, in the popular media and in classrooms across the world.
ISBN 9780230244214
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Palgrave Macmillan
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Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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