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Setting the people free : the story of democracy

Author: John Dunn
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Why does democracy--as a word and as an idea--loom so large in the political imagination, though it has so often been misused and misunderstood? Setting the People Free starts by tracing the roots of democracy from an improvised remedy for a local Greek difficulty 2,500 years ago, through its near extinction, to its rebirth amid the struggles of the French Revolution. Celebrated political theorist John Dunn then  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Dunn
ISBN: 9780691180038 0691180032
OCLC Number: 1060593290
Description: xxv, 225 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Democracy's first coming --
Democracy's second coming --
The long shadow of Thermidor --
Why democracy?
Responsibility: John Dunn.

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"Dunn wears his erudition lightly and writes clearly and freshly about some of politics' most venerable questions.... Blows a gust of fresh air through the cobwebbed byways of political Read more...

 
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