The Secret History of Democracy by Benjamin Isakhan

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Yet the collection is uneven: some contributors drill too far down into detail, or strain to make their subject fit the wider ambition of challenging that ‘Western narrative’.
-London School of Economics

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This book explores the intriguing idea that there is much more democracy in human history than is generally acknowledged. It establishes that democracy was developing across greater Asia before classical Athens, clung on during the 'Dark Ages', often formed part of indigenous governance and is developing today in unexpected ways.
 

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BENJAMIN ISAKHAN is Research Fellowat the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Australia. He is the author of several publications including Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (2010). STEPHEN STOCKWELLis Professor of Journalism and Communication at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus, Australia. He was previously a journalist with 4ZZZ, TripleJ and Four Corners and a political campaign media consultant. He is author of All-Media Guide to Cross-Cultural Reporting (with Paul Scott) and Political Campaign Strategy (2005).
 
Published January 28, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. 265 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Charles Crawford on Sep 04 2011

Yet the collection is uneven: some contributors drill too far down into detail, or strain to make their subject fit the wider ambition of challenging that ‘Western narrative’.

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