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Introduction

Introduction  

Bernard Crick

in Democracy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775574
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802507.003.0001
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9780192802507
Democracy has been described as ‘an essentially contested concept’. It is one of those terms scholars can never agree on how to define because the definition itself carries with it social, ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776052
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0001
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9780192804761
What is a myth? It is made up of three dimensions: lore, ideology, and pleasure. Scholars have come up with many definitions of a myth. The Introduction looks at what a myth is and its ... More
4. Democratic despotism

4. Democratic despotism  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0005
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9780195175394
The greatest danger to democracy, according to Tocqueville, comes out of the very nature of democracy. His later analysis of American democracy identifies the replacement of the sovereignty ... More
Populism: A Very Short Introduction

Populism: A Very Short Introduction  

Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780190234904
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190234874.001.0001
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book
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9780190234874
What is populism? What is the relationship between populism and democracy? Populism: A Very Short Introduction presents populism as an ideology that divides society into two antagonistic ... More
2. The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen

2. The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen  

Kenneth Minogue

in Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776472
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853882.003.0002
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9780192853882
‘The Classical Greeks’ examines the structure of Greek politics and discusses the views of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Thucidides, and Solon. The concepts of citizenship, democracy, and ... More
6. Feminism and multiculturalism

6. Feminism and multiculturalism  

David Miller

in Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775895
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803955.003.0006
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9780192803955
‘Feminism and multiculturalism’ argues that the issues raised by feminists and multiculturalists about the nature of personal identity, the line between public and private life, and respect ... More
5. Critique of modernity

5. Critique of modernity  

Bhikhu Parekh

in Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776816
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854575.003.0005
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‘Critique of modernity’ explains how, for Gandhi, modern civilization neglected the soul, privileged the body, misunderstood the nature and limits of reason, and had no appreciation of the ... More
2. On Site

2. On Site  

Mary Beard and John Henderson

in Classics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776458
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853851.003.0002
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9780192853851
‘On Site’ describes the nineteenth-century exploration of Greece and the connections to Rome. The rediscovery of Greece was, in a way, the rediscovery of the origins of western culture as a ... More
1. Tocqueville’s democratic providence

1. Tocqueville’s democratic providence  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0002
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9780195175394
Born not long after the French Revolution, ‘Tocqueville's democratic providence’ traces the influences on Tocqueville's practice of politics. Despite an aristocratic family background he ... More
9. Germany, Europe, and post-national citizenship

9. Germany, Europe, and post-national citizenship  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0009
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9780192840950
Habermas's antipathy toward nationalism comes from a clear-sighted and nuanced appreciation of the social pre-conditions of human wrongs based on his own experiences. ‘Germany, Europe, and ... More
5. Identity in politicspromises and dangers

5. Identity in politics: promises and dangers  

Florian Coulmas

in Identity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191867033
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828549.003.0005
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9780198828549
‘Identity in politics: promises and dangers’ concludes that identity in politics is a challenge to democratic rule rooted in the principle of self-determination. As a natural child of ... More
African Politics: A Very Short Introduction

African Politics: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Taylor

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2018
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Sep 2018
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9780191844140
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10.1093/actrade/9780198806578.001.0001
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9780198806578
African Politics: A Very Short Introduction explores how politics is practised on the African continent, providing an overview of the different states and their systems. It ... More
6. The vision of a non-violent society

6. The vision of a non-violent society  

Bhikhu Parekh

in Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776816
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854575.003.0006
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9780192854575
‘The vision of a non-violent society’ examines Gandhi's principles for the good society. Gandhi believed that, since different societies had different histories and traditions, the search ... More
Modern India: A Very Short Introduction

Modern India: A Very Short Introduction  

Craig Jeffrey

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191822414
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10.1093/actrade/9780198769347.001.0001
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9780198769347
India has become one of the world’s emerging powers, rivalling China in terms of global influence. Yet people still know relatively little about the economic, social, political, and ... More
1. Hope

1. Hope  

Craig Jeffrey

in Modern India: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191822414
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10.1093/actrade/9780198769347.003.0001
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9780198769347
India is the fastest growing major economy in the world with a large and rapidly growing middle class. It has established an identity as a major power in terms of Information Technology and ... More
1. From February to October

1. From February to October  

S. A. Smith

in The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776502
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853950.003.0002
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9780192853950
23 February 1917 marked the start of a chain of events that changed Russian society and politics beyond recognition. The autocracy dramatically collapsed. ‘From February to October’ charts ... More
2. The place from where we started

2. The place from where we started  

Bernard Crick

in Democracy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775574
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802507.003.0003
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9780192802507
‘The place from where we started’ looks at the classical democracies of Greece and the Roman Republic. In ancient Greece, democracy helped create an active citizenry dedicated to public ... More
4. Comme disait M. de Tocqueville

4. Comme disait M. de Tocqueville  

Bernard Crick

in Democracy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775574
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802507.003.0005
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chapter
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9780192802507
How can democracy be prevented from degenerating into despotism? ‘Comme disait M. de Tocqueville’ details Alexis de Tocqueville's investigation into democracy in America, and his attempts ... More
4. Dictatorship and repression

4. Dictatorship and repression  

Anthony W. Pereira

in Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2020
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Sep 2020
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9780191850097
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10.1093/actrade/9780198812081.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198812081
‘Dictatorship and repression’ assesses the twenty-one-year dictatorship in Brazil from 1964 to 1985. A result of tensions in the second republic of 1945–64, the coup that created the ... More
7. Far from the perfect democracy

7. Far from the perfect democracy  

L. Sandy Maisel

in American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780190458195
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190458164.003.0007
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chapter
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9780190458164
Americans, even those familiar with the details of the electoral process, remain convinced that American democracy represents the ideal toward which others should strive. ‘Far from the ... More

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