Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

Toward Democracy The Struggle for Self Rule in European and American Thought In this magnificent and encyclopedic overview James T Kloppenberg presents the history of democracy from the perspective of those who struggled to envision and achieve it The story of democracy remai

  • Title: Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought
  • Author: James T. Kloppenberg
  • ISBN: 9780195054613
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this magnificent and encyclopedic overview, James T Kloppenberg presents the history of democracy from the perspective of those who struggled to envision and achieve it The story of democracy remains one without an ending, a dynamic of progress and regress that continues to our own day In the classical age democracy was seen as the failure rather than the ideal ofIn this magnificent and encyclopedic overview, James T Kloppenberg presents the history of democracy from the perspective of those who struggled to envision and achieve it The story of democracy remains one without an ending, a dynamic of progress and regress that continues to our own day In the classical age democracy was seen as the failure rather than the ideal of good governance Democracies were deemed chaotic and bloody, indicative of rule by the rabble rather than by enlightened minds Beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries, however, first in Europe and then in England s North American colonies, the reputation of democracy began to rise, resulting in changes that were sometimes revolutionary and dramatic, sometimes gradual and incremental.Kloppenberg offers a fresh look at how concepts and institutions of representative government developed and how understandings of self rule changed over time on both sides of the Atlantic Notions about what constituted true democracy preoccupied many of the most influential thinkers of the Western world, from Montaigne and Roger Williams to Milton and John Locke from Rousseau and Jefferson to Wollstonecraft and Madison and from de Tocqueville and J S Mill to Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Over three centuries, explosive ideas and practices of democracy sparked revolutions English, American, and French that again and again culminated in civil wars, disastrous failures of democracy that impeded further progress.Comprehensive, provocative, and authoritative, Toward Democracy traces self government through three pivotal centuries The product of twenty years of research and reflection, this momentous work reveals how nations have repeatedly fallen short in their attempts to construct democratic societies based on the principles of autonomy, equality, deliberation, and reciprocity that they have claimed to prize Underlying this exploration lies Kloppenberg s compelling conviction that democracy was and remains an ethical ideal rather than merely a set of institutions, a goal toward which we continue to struggle.

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    1. Toward Democracy takes us on a ride through history not only in America but through Europe as well. With the thoughts and experiences of our forefathers as well as the views of Tocqueville, Rousseau, and many more including Montesquieu and Robespierre, the author gives us many different views and definitions of democracy.It is a fact that democracy came out of violence and that violence is still happening, things are ever evolving where democracy is concerned.As a lover of all things History, th [...]

    2. Toward Democracy by James T. Kloppenberg is a comprehensive history of the thoughts and actions that have helped to form the ever-changing concept of democracy. Democracy is, in Kloppenberg's view, less a political or even a social or economic concept but rather an ethical one, so the changing "definitions" of democracy over the centuries have been influenced by far more than just political theory or political change.This is not a difficult read, Kloppenberg does a commendable job of discussing [...]

    3. I received this book free from NetGalley and Oxford University Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.This was an extremely well-written, academic style book. The level of researched that must of went into this book is superb and, to be enjoyed at its fullest, it must be read at a steady pace with a fair bit of concentration. Professor Kloppenberg suggests that the revolutions of Europe i.e. the French revolutions, and America's civil war have been unpredictable injurious for democracy. [...]

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