European Parliament Library

A cultural history of democracy in the modern age, edited by Eugenio Biagini and Gary Gerstle

"How has the concept of democracy been understood, manifested, reimagined and represented through the ages? In a work that spans 2,500 years these fundamental questions are addressed by 66 experts, each contributing their overview of a theme applied to a period in history. With the help of a broad range of case material they illustrate the physical, social and cultural contexts of democracy in Western culture from antiquity to the present. Individual volume editors ensure the cohesion of the whole, and to make it as easy as possible to use, chapter themes are identical across each of the volumes. Superbly illustrated, the full six-volume set combines to present the most comprehensive and authoritative survey available on democracy throughout history. The six volumes cover: 1 - Antiquity (500 BCE-565 CE); 2 - Medieval Age (565-1450); 3 - Renaissance (1450-1650); 4 - Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800); 5 - Age of Empire (1800-1920); 6 Modern Age (1920-present) The ten themes are: Sovereignty; Liberty and the Rule of Law; The 'Common Good'; Economic and Social Democracy; Religion and the Principles of Political Obligation; Citizenship and Gender; Ethnicity, Race and Nationalism; Democratic Crises, Revolutions and Civil Resistance; International Relations; Beyond the Polis"--Abstract
Table Of Contents
1. Sovereignty, Emma Hunter and Joel Isaac -- 2. Liberty and the Rule of Law, H. Kumarsasingham and Marius Strubenhoff -- 3. The Common Good, Eugenio Biagini and Ornit Shani -- 4. Social and Economic Democracy, James T. Kloppenberg and John Gee -- 5. Religion and the Principles of Political Obligation, Eugenio Biagini and Todd M. Thompson -- 6. Gender and Citizenship, Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir and Anupama Roy -- 7. Race, Ethnicity, and Democracy in the Global Twentieth Century, Saul Dubow and Gary Gerstle -- 8. Democratic Crises, Revolutions and Civil Resistance, Franco Andreucci -- 9. Democracy and International Relations, Elizabeth Borgwardt and Eugenio Biagini -- 10. Beyond the Polis: Enlargement and Transformation, Nadia Urbinati and Vikram Visana
Literary Form
First edition
Physical Description
1 online resource (289 pages)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

Library Locations

  • EP Library Luxembourg

    Rue du Fort Thüngen, Luxembourg, L-1313, LU
  • EP Library Brussels

    60 rue Wiertz, Brussels, B-1047, BE
  • EP Library Strasbourg

    7 Place Adrien Zeller, Allée du Printemps, Strasbourg, F-67070, FR