Civil Society Before Democracy: Lessons from Nineteenth-Century Europe / Edition 320

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Bringing together historians and political scientists, this unique collaboration compares nineteenth-century civil societies that failed to develop lasting democracies with civil societies that succeeded. Much of the current literature on the connection between civil society and consolidating democracy focuses exclusively on single, contemporary polities that are ever-changing and uncertain. By studying historical cases, the authors are able to demonstrate which civil societies developed in tandem with lasting democracies and which did not. Contrasting these two sets of cases, the book both enlightens readers about individual countries and extracts lessons about the connections between civil society and democracy in contemporary times. Above all, the authors ask the vital but under-researched question, 'How and why does democratic civil society develop? '

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Editorial Reviews

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.
English Language Teaching Journal
This is a very well constructed set of essays.
European Library
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...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847695508
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 320
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I:Preludes to Failed Democracies Chapter 3 On Liberalism and the Emergence of Civil Society in Portugal Chapter 4 The Dream of Civil Society in Tsarist Russia: Law, State, and Religion Chapter 5 Public Opinion and Associations in Nineteenth-Century Italy Chapter 6 Liberalism and Civil Society in Italy: From Hegemony to Mediation Chapter 7 Civil Society and the Middle Classes in Nineteenth-Century Germany Part 8 PART II: Preludes to Durable Democracies Chapter 9 Civil Society, Subscriber Democracies, and Parliamentary Government in Great Britain Chapter 10 Political Association in Nineteenth-Century France: Legislation and Practice Chapter 11 Liberalization, Democratization, and the Origins of a Pillarized Civil Society in Nineteenth-Century Belgium and the Netherlands Part 12 PART III: The Meaning of the Nineteenth Century Today Chapter 13 The Role of Society and Non-Civic Associations in the Democratization of Poland, 1945-1996 Chapter 14 The Historical Origins of the East-West Divide: Civil Society, Political Society, and Democracy in Europe Chapter 15 Civil Society after Democracy: Some Conclusions

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