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Democracy and dictatorship in Europe : from the Ancien régime to the present day / Sheri Berman.

Author/creator Berman, Sheri, 1965- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Descriptionx, 545 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Abstract "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 not explains how democracy actually develops, but how we should interpret the current wave of illiberalism sweeping Europe and the rest of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages [409]-516) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Berman, Sheri, 1965- author. Democracy and dictatorship in Europe New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] 9780199373208
LCCN 2018027023
ISBN0199373191 hardcover

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