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Waves of Democracy looks at two centuries of history of democratization as a series of multicontinental episodes in which social movements and elite power holders in many countries converged to reorganize political systems. Democracy is defined and redefined in these episodes. John Markoff examines several ways in which governing elites of national states mimic each other and ways in which social movements and elites interact. There is no other book written for undergraduates that looks at democracy over such a broad sweep of time and across so many countries and cultures.

Twentieth-Century Pendulum Swings
Twentieth-century pendulum swings

The world of the early twentieth century differed profoundly from our starting point on the brink of the American and French Revolutions. For one thing, it was much more of a single world. The telegraph had radically decreased the time needed to communicate with distant places; radio was beginning the even more ...

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