The French Revolution and the Birth of Electoral Democracy

Author(s): 
Edelstein, Melvin
ISBN: 
9781472406996
Date published: 
June 2014
e-book
Price: 
£80.00

Democracy is perhaps the defining characteristic of modern Western society, but even as late as the nineteenth century it was often viewed with suspicion by many who saw it as akin to anarchy and mob rule. Taking as its focus the French Revolution, this book explores how the experience in France influenced the emergence of electoral democracy, arguing - contrary to recent revisionist studies - that it was indeed the progenitor of modern representative democracy.