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The decline and rise of democracy : a global history from antiquity to today

Author: David Stasavage
Publisher: Princeton, NJ. : Princeton University Press, [2020] ©2020
Series: Princeton economic history of the Western world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Historical accounts of democracy's rise tend to focus on ancient Greece and pre-Renaissance Europe. The Decline and Rise of Democracy draws from global evidence to show that the story is much richer--democratic practices were present in many places, at many other times, from the Americas before European conquest, to ancient Mesopotamia, to precolonial Africa. Delving into the prevalence of early democracy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stasavage, David.
Decline and rise of democracy.
Princeton, NJ. : Princeton University Press, [2020]
(OCoLC)1152066164
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Stasavage
ISBN: 9780691177465 0691177465 9780691228976 0691228973
OCLC Number: 1125969950
Description: xii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Origins of democratic rule --
Early democracy was widespread --
Weak states inherited democracy --
When technology undermined democracy --
The development of representation in Europe --
China as the bureaucratic alternative --
How democracy disappeared in the Islamic world --
Democracy and economic development over the long run --
Why England was different --
Democracy-and slavery-in America --
The spread of modern democracy --
The ongoing democratic experiment.
Series Title: Princeton economic history of the Western world.
Responsibility: David Stasavage.

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"Historical accounts of democracy's rise tend to focus on ancient Greece and pre-Renaissance Europe. The Decline and Rise of Democracy draws from global evidence to show that the story is much richer--democratic practices were present in many places, at many other times, from the Americas before European conquest, to ancient Mesopotamia, to precolonial Africa. Delving into the prevalence of early democracy throughout the world, David Stasavage makes the case that understanding how and where these democracies flourished--and when and why they declined--can provide crucial information not just about the history of governance, but also about the ways modern democracies work and where they could manifest in the future."--

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"One of BBC History Magazine's Best Books of 2020" "A bracing stringency is one of the virtues of The Decline and Rise of Democracy. It sweeps across the globe in command of recent scholarship. . . . Read more...

 
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