Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 January 1994

304 Pages

ISBN: 9780198279341

Bookseller Code (06)


The Unfinished Journey, 508 BC to AD 1993

Edited by John Dunn

In Democracy, noted author John Dunn and twelve expert contributors trace the extraordinary political career of democracy from its appearance in Greece to its resurrection in Eastern Europe. The contributors cover a wide span of democratic history to trace the history of this enduring form of government. They examine how demokratia (literally, "people power") first developed in Athens, and show how the British Leveller movement introduced the idea of political equality. Other essays discuss how the American revolution brought the common people into the affairs of government, how democracy has been seen since the Age of Revolutions, from Rosa Luxembourg to Walter Lippman, and democracy today--how it has failed women, and what the return of democracy will mean for Eastern Europe. With the recent collapse of socialism, the idea of democracy has moved into the spotlight. And in tracing its history across two millennia, Democracy illuminates the source of its power and explains why it has triumphed so decisively in the modern world.


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