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The secret history of democracy
Benjamin Isakhan, Stephen Stoc ...

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The secret history of democracy
edited by Benjamin Isakhan, Stephen Stockwell

Published 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan in Basingstoke, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"This book explores the intriguing idea that there is much more democracy in human history than is generally acknowledged. It establishes that democracy was developing across greater Asia before classical Athens, clung on during the 'Dark Ages', often formed part of indigenous governance and is developing today in unexpected ways"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: democracy and history -- Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell -- Part I:
Pre-Athenian Democracy:
What is so 'Primitive' about 'Primitive Democracy'?: comparing the ancient Middle East and Classical Athens -- Benjamin Isakhan;
Before Athens: early popular government in Phoenicia and Greek city-states -- Stephen Stockwell;
Republics and quasi-democratic institutions in ancient India -- Steven Muhlberger;
Digging for democracy in China -- Pauline Keating -- Part II:
Democracy in the "Dark Ages";
Behind a veil: Islam's democratic history -- Mohamad Abdalla and Halim Rane;
Ideals and aspirations: democracy and law-making in Medieval Iceland -- Patricia P.Boulhosa;
Democratic culture in the early Venetian republic -- Stephen Stockwell -- Part III:
Indigenous Democracy and Colonialism:
Africa's indigenous democracies: the Baganda of Uganda -- Immaculate Kizza;
The hunters who owned themselves -- Philippe Paine;
Aboriginal Australia and democracy: old traditions, new challenges -- Larissa Behrendt;
The pre-history of the post-Apartheid settlement: non-racial democracy in South Africa's Cape Colony, 1853-1936 -- Poppy Fry -- Part IV:
Alternative Currents in Modern Democracy:
Birthing democracy: the role of women in the democratic discourse of the Middle East -- K. Luisa Gandolfo;
The streets of Iraq: protests and democracy after Saddam -- Benjamin Isakhan;
Monitory democracy?: the secret history of democracy since 1945 -- John Keane
Conclusion: democratizing the history of democracy -- Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-243) and index.


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JC421 .S395 2011

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xi, 252 p. ;
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