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The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today

David Stasavage


Historical accounts of democracy's rise tend to focus on ancient Greece and pre-Renaissance Europe. This book draws from global evidence to show that the story is much richer—democratic practices were present in many places, at many other times, from the Americas before European conquest, to ancient Mesopotamia, to precolonial Africa. Delving into the prevalence of early democracy throughout the world, the book makes the case that understanding how and where these democracies flourished—and when and why they declined—can provide crucial information not just about the history of governance, but ... More

Keywords: early democracy, modern democracy, democratic governance, autocratic governance, popular control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691177465
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691177465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Stasavage, author
New York University