2018 nye Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America France Britain Ireland 1750-1850 (Paperback) by Innes Joanna Philp Mark A1oaQ20B

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Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions charts a transformation in the way people thought about democracy in the North Atlantic region in the years between the American Revolution and the revolutions of 1848. In the mid-eighteenth century 'democracy' was a word known only to the literate. It was associated primarily with the ancient world and had negative connotations: democracies were conceived to be unstable warlike and prone to mutate into despotisms. By the mid-nineteenth century however the word had passed into general use although it was still not necessarily an approving term. In fact there was much debate about whether democracy could achieve robust institutional form in advanced societies. In this volume a cast of internationally-renowned contributors shows how common trends developed throughout the United States France Britain and Ireland particularly focussing on the era of the American French and subsequent European revolutions. Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions argues that 'modern democracy' was not invented in one place and then diffused elsewhere but instead was the subject of parallel re-imaginings as ancient ideas and examples were selectively invoked and reworked for modern use. The contributions significantly enhance our understanding of the diversity and complexity of our democratic inheritance.