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The secret history of democracy

Author: Benjamin Isakhan; Stephen Stockwell
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2011.
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"This book explores the intriguing idea that there is much more democracy in human history than is generally acknowledged. It establishes that democracy was developing across greater Asia before classical Athens, clung on during the 'Dark Ages', often formed part of indigenous governance and is developing today in unexpected ways"--
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Secret history of democracy.
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
(DLC) 2010050741
(OCoLC)670481147
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Isakhan; Stephen Stockwell
ISBN: 9780230299467 0230299466
OCLC Number: 707078811
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 252 pages)
Contents: Introduction: democracy and history / Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell --
Part I: Pre-Athenian Democracy: What is so 'Primitive' about 'Primitive Democracy'?: comparing the ancient Middle East and Classical Athens / Benjamin Isakhan; Before Athens: early popular government in Phoenicia and Greek city-states / Stephen Stockwell; Republics and quasi-democratic institutions in ancient India / Steven Muhlberger; Digging for democracy in China / Pauline Keating --
Part II: Democracy in the "Dark Ages"; Behind a veil: Islam's democratic history / Mohamad Abdalla and Halim Rane; Ideals and aspirations: democracy and law-making in Medieval Iceland / Patricia P. Boulhosa; Democratic culture in the early Venetian republic / Stephen Stockwell --
Part III: Indigenous Democracy and Colonialism: Africa's indigenous democracies: the Baganda of Uganda / Immaculate Kizza; The hunters who owned themselves / Philippe Paine; Aboriginal Australia and democracy: old traditions, new challenges / Larissa Behrendt; The pre-history of the post-Apartheid settlement: non-racial democracy in South Africa's Cape Colony, 1853-1936 / Poppy Fry --
Part IV: Alternative Currents in Modern Democracy: Birthing democracy: the role of women in the democratic discourse of the Middle East / K. Luisa Gandolfo; The streets of Iraq: protests and democracy after Saddam / Benjamin Isakhan; Monitory democracy?: the secret history of democracy since 1945 / John Keane --
Conclusion: democratizing the history of democracy / Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell.
Responsibility: edited by Benjamin Isakhan, Stephen Stockwell.

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'This exciting book surely enlivens and enriches our debate on democracy and its future by digging afresh oft-forgotten, yet most enlightening democratic experiences found in human history.' - Read more...

 
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