Democracy in Europe: A History of an Ideology

Democracy in Europe: A History of an Ideology

Author(s): Luciano Canfora

Published Online: 11 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405111317

Online ISBN: 9780470754825

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754825

About this Book

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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