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Democracy in Europe: A History of an Ideoloy

Luciano Canfora, Simon Jones (Translated by)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5459-8
304 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This history traces the development of democracy in Europe from its origins in ancient Greece up to the present day.

  • Considers all the major watersheds in the development of democracy in modern Europe.
  • Describes the rediscovery of Ancient Greek political ideals by intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century.
  • Examines the twenty-year crisis from 1789 to 1815, when the repercussions of revolution in France were felt across the European continent.
  • Explains how events in France led to the explosion of democratic movements between 1830 and 1848.
  • Compares the different manifestations of democracy within Eastern and Western Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
  • Considers fascism and its consequences for democracy in Europe during the twentieth century.
  • Demonstrates how in the recent past democracy itself has become the object of ideological battles.
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Prologue.

1. A constitution imbued with Hellenism: Greece, Europe, and the West.

2. The beginning: democracy in ancient Greece.

3. How Greek democracy came back into play, and finally left the stage.

4. Liberalism’s first victory.

5. Universal suffrage: act one.

6. Universal suffrage: act two.

7. Trouble for the “old mole”.

8. Europe “on the march”.

9. From the slaughter of the Communards to the “sacred unions”.

10. The Third Republic.

11. The second failure of universal suffrage.

12. The “European civil war”.

13. Progressive democracies, people’s democracies.

14. The cold war: democracy in retreat.

15. Towards the “mixed system”.

16. Was it a new beginning?.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index

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Luciano Canfora is Professor of Classical Philology at Bari University, Italy. His previous publications include The Ideology of Classicism (1980), The Vanished Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World (1989) and Julius Caesar: The People’s Dictator (2004). He is the editor of Quaderni di Storia, Italy’s premier history journal.
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  • A history of democracy in Europe from its origins in ancient Greece up to the present day.
  • Considers all the major watersheds in the development of democracy in modern Europe.
  • Describes the rediscovery of Ancient Greek political ideals by intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century.
  • Examines the twenty-year crisis from 1789 to 1815, when the repercussions of revolution in France were felt across the European continent.
  • Explains how events in France led to the explosion of democratic movements between 1830 and 1848.
  • Compares the different manifestations of democracy within Eastern and Western Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
  • Considers fascism and its consequences for democracy in Europe during the twentieth century.
  • Demonstrates how in the recent past democracy itself has become the object of ideological battles.
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"Canfora's book provides powerful insights into the idealogical use of democracy."
European Review of Labour and Research
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