Military Revolution and Political Change Origins of Democracy and Autocracy in Early Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 0691024758
ISBN-13: 9780691024752
Edition: 1992
Authors: Brian M. Downing
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Description: To examine the long-run origins of democracy and dictatorship, Brian Downing focuses on the importance of medieval political configurations and of military modernization in the early modern period. He maintains that in late medieval times an array  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/18/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

To examine the long-run origins of democracy and dictatorship, Brian Downing focuses on the importance of medieval political configurations and of military modernization in the early modern period. He maintains that in late medieval times an array of constitutional arrangements distinguished Western Europe from other parts of the world and predisposed it toward liberal democracy. He then looks at how medieval constitutionalism was affected by the "military revolution" of the early modern era--the shift from small, decentralized feudal levies to large standing armies. Downing won the American Political Science Association's Gabriel Almond Award for the dissertation on which this book was based.

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