Democracy The Unfinished Journey, 508 BC to AD 1993

ISBN-10: 0198279345
ISBN-13: 9780198279341
Edition: 1992
Authors: John Dunn
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/27/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Two and a half thousand years ago the small Greek city state of Athens invented a new form of political regime. Today the name of that form of regime is the only credible basis on which to claim regular and lasting political authority across the entire world. This book explains how a casual practical solution to local Greek political difficulties so long ago has come to stand virtually unchallenged as the ground for modern political authority. It shows how the idea of democracy has kept its power in a world which is utterly different from the world of classical Greece, and how the questions which the Greeks first raised about the meaning of democratic rule still loom over human political and economic institutions in a setting in which no modern population can ever rule in practice, day by day, as the Athenian demos ruled. By viewing its astonishing history across this great arc of time, the book shows why democracy today has both the power and the vulnerability which make it the key to understanding politics; and it explains why it has triumphed so decisively in the modern world. Contributors: Simon Hornblower, Cynthia Farrar, Geoffrey Lloyd, Quentin Skinner, David Wootton, Gordon S. Wood, Biancamaria Fontana, Charles S. Maier, Neil Harding, Sunil Khilnani, Susan Mendus, Neal Ascherson, John Dunn

Preface
Contributors
Creation And Development Of Democratic Institutions In Ancient Greece
References
Ancient Greek Political Theory As a Response To Democracy
References
Democracy Philosophy And Science In Ancient Greece
Democracy And The American Revolution
Democracy And The French Revolution
The Marxist-Leninist Detour
References
1989 In Eastern Europe Constitutional Representative Democracy As a 'Return to Normality'?
Further Reading
Index

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