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POLI 4490 THE RISE, FALL AND TRIUMPH OF DEMOCRACY IN WESTERN EUROPE (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course is an advanced exploration of themes and topics in political development, democratic institutions, and the ideas and political and social forces that have influenced the evolution of modern European nation-states to the present day. We will consider the English Civil War and French and Industrial revolutions, the German and Italian national unification and democratization in France and Britain, and the breakdown of democratic politics in Germany and Italy in the first half of the 20th century – as well as democracy’s survival in France and Britain – and the institutional legacies of these regimes for the postwar period.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jonathan Laurence

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is open to seniors and graduate students only.


Last Updated: 20-Feb-14