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Toward Democracy

The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

James T. Kloppenberg

Toward Democracy

Toward Democracy

The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

Toward Democracy

 

James T. Kloppenberg explores the evolution of democracy, and specifically, the European influences on American ideas of a democratic society.


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Beschrijving Toward Democracy

The history of democracy, in addition to being a tale of social movements and political and economic developments, is also a story of ideas. In Toward Democracy, James T. Kloppenberg explores this story of ideas, focusing on the evolution of democracy in Britain's North American colonies and then in the United States. By concentrating on historical figures whose pivotal texts and framed arguments helped form the concept of democracy, he examines how
American ideas and practices both descended and diverged from earlier European, and particularly English, models. Kloppenberg also shows how American thought, in return, profoundly influenced European ideas about democracy—both negatively and positively.

Toward Democracy presents the history of democracy from the perspective of those who helped to form its principles. Kloppenberg neither condemns nor endorses these thinkers, but rather offers a fresh look at how these initial democratic ideals have shifted over time. He argues that democracy has remained an ethical model rather than a mere set of institutions, and sheds light on the many failures faced by democracy and its advocates. This discrepancy—between intentions and
results—constitutes the tragic irony of democracy.

From the beginnings of democracy in the ancient world, through the Enlightenment, and past the French Revolution, James T. Kloppenberg's authoritative work traces the transformation of democracy over centuries, and reveals how nations have repeatedly failed in their attempts to construct democratic societies based on the autonomy and reciprocity they so prized.


ISBN
9780195054613
Pagina's
912
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NUR
300
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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