Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331898 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745331904 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation

Brian S. Roper

The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation

Brian S. Roper

Distributed for Pluto Press

328 pages | 5.90551 x 9.05512
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331898 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745331904 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The concept of democracy has become tarnished in recent years, as governments become disconnected from voters and pursue unpopular policies. And yet the ideal of democracy continues to inspire movements around the world, such as the Arab Spring.

Brian Roper refreshes our understanding of democracy using a Marxist theoretical framework. He traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy in Europe and North America, through to the global spread of democracy during the past century.

Roper argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from underlying processes of exploitation and class struggle. He offers an engaging Marxist critique of representative democracy, and raises the possibility of alternative democratic forms. The History of Democracy will be of interest to students and scholars of history and politics and all those concerned about the past, present and future of democracy.
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Origins: Democracy in the Ancient Greek World
2. Democracy Suppressed: The Roman Republic
3. The Early Middle Ages and the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism
4. The English Revolution and Parliamentary Democracy
5. The American Revolution and Constitutional Redefinition of Democracy
6. The Revolutionary Revival of Democracy in France
7. The Revolutions of 1848-49
8. Capitalist Expansion, Globalization and Democratization
9. The Marxist Critique of Capitalism and Representative Democracy
10. Precursors of Socialist Participatory Democracy: The Paris Commune 1871 and Russian Revolutions 1905 and 1917
General Bibliography
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