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Civil Society Before Democracy

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ISBN-13: 000-0847695506
ISBN-10: 0847695506
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This book bringing together the writings of historians and political commentators from Europe and the United States has the merit of reminding us that civil society is not a new idea since it had a big role to play in shaping European democracies in the nineteenth century. This intelligent sampling of the history of European countries also shows us that civil society is not necessarily synonymous with democracy... (European Library)

This is a very well constructed set of essays. (English Language Teaching Journal)

This high quality collection of articles is the first in English that covers many different European countries and therefore will be of great interest to anyone interested in 19th-century European social and political history. (Choice Magazine)

About the Author

Nancy Bermeo is associate professor of political science at Princeton University. Philip Nord is professor of history at Princeton.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847695506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847695508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,380,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Albin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 16, 2016
Format: Paperback
An interesting collection of essays on the relationship between civil society and the emergence of modern democratic states. The different authors in this collection are evaluating different aspects of the idea that robust civil society is a necessary precondition for democracy. The different essays in this book reveal a considerably more complex picture with the usual strong elements of contingency. While much of the book focuses on the 19th century, there are interesting comparisons with 20th century experience, notably Poland during the Solidarity period. Several of the essays on the 19th century are arguably the most interesting aspects as they contain interesting analyses of a variety of 19th century societies, some relatively unfamiliar, like Portugal and Belgium.
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