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How do democracies form and what makes them die? Daniel Ziblatt revisits this timely and classic question in a wide-ranging historical narrative that traces the evolution of modern political democracy in Europe from its modest beginnings in 1830s Britain to Adolf Hitler's 1933 seizure of power in Weimar Germany. Based on rich historical and quantitative evidence, the book offers a major reinterpretation of European history and the question of how stable political democracy is achieved. The barriers to inclusive political rule, Ziblatt finds, were not inevitably overcome by unstoppable tides of socioeconomic change, a simple triumph of a growing middle class, or even by working class collective action. Instead, political democracy's fate surprisingly hinged on how conservative political parties – the historical defenders of power, wealth, and privilege – recast themselves and coped with the rise of their own radical right. With striking modern parallels, the book has vital implications for today's new and old democracies under siege.
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POLISCI-440A-01, POLISCI-440A-01
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xv, 240 pages ; 20 cm
  • Introduction
  • Cultural roots
  • The origins of national consciousness
  • Creole pioneers
  • Old languages, new models
  • Official nationalism and imperialism
  • The last wave
  • Patriotism and racism
  • The angel of history
  • Census, map, museum
  • Memory and forgetting
  • Travel and traffic: on the geo-biography of Imagined communities.
What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality - the personal and cultural feeling of belonging to a nation - has not received proportionate attention. In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and function of the "imagined communities" of nationality and the way these communities were in part created by the growth of the nation-state, the interaction between capitalism and printing and the birth of vernacular languages in early modern Europe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781844670864 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-558-01, LAW-676-01, POLISCI-440A-01, POLISCI-440A-01