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Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day

Sheri Berman
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199373192, 0199373191
Summary
"In Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, Sheri Berman traces the long history of democracy in its cradle, Europe. She explains that in fact, just about every democratic wave in Europe initially failed, either collapsing in upon itself or succumbing to the forces of reaction. Yet even when democratic waves failed, there were always some achievements that lasted. Even the most virulently reactionary regimes could not suppress every element of democratic progress. Panoramic in scope, Berman takes readers through two centuries of turmoil: revolution, fascism, civil war, and--finally--the emergence of liberal democratic Europe in the postwar era. A magisterial retelling of modern European political history, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe explains not how democracy actually develops, but how we should interpret the current wave of illiberalism sweeping Europe and the rest of the world"--
Contents
  • Questions about political development
  • The Ancien régime
  • English exceptionalism I
  • The French Revolution
  • 1848
  • The French Third Republic
  • Italian unification
  • German unification
  • The struggle for democracy in interwar France
  • English exceptionalism II
  • The collapse of democracy and the rise of fascism in Italy
  • The collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism in Germany
  • Political development in Spain
  • The consolidation of democracy in Western Europe
  • The transition to communist dictatorships in East-Central Europe
  • The transition to democracy in Spain
  • The transition to democracy in East-Central Europe
  • Lessons from Europe.
Description
x, 545 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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