Of the People, by the People: A New History of Democracy

Author(s): Roger Osborne

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'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.' Churchill had more reason than most to rue the power of democracy, having been thrown out of office after leading Britain to victory in 1945. Democracy, when viewed from above, has always been a fickle master; from below it is a powerful but fragile friend. Most books on democracy focus on political theory and analysis, in a futile attempt to define democracy. Of The People, By The People takes the opposite approach, telling the stories of the different democracies that have come into existence during the past two and half millennia. From Athens to Rhaetia, Jamestown to Delhi, and Putney to Pretoria, the book shows how democratic systems are always a reflection of the culture and history of their birthplaces, and come about through seizing fleeting opportunities. Democracy can only be understood through the fascinating and inspiring stories of the peoples who fought to bring it about.

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A fascinating and erudite history of the world's democracies - past and present - and the people who fought to bring democracy about.

A thoughtful and thought-provoking study Good Book Guide Enjoyable and pacy Literary Review There is much to admire in this book ...to retell the history of democracy so vividly is no mean feat. His work serves as an important reminder that the price of democratic freedom is eternal vigilance BBC History Magazine [Roger Osborne] impresses with another sweeping history. OPDD

Roger Osborne's work has provided a range of innovative insights into our views of the past, and how they infect the present. His previous books include The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology, The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China, The Dreamer of the Calle San Salvador: Visions of Sedition and Sacrilege in Sixteenth-Century Spain and Civilization: A New History of the Western World. He lives in Scarborough.

General Fields

  • : 9781845950620
  • : Vintage
  • : Pimlico
  • : July 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 321.809
  • : 336
  • : Illustrations
  • : Roger Osborne
  • : Paperback