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Democracy

Democracy

by Tom Lansford
     
 

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This series provides readers with the information they need to think critically about the worldwide implications of global issues; each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a panoramic view of opinions.; ; By illuminating the complexities and interrelations of the global community, this excellent resource helps students and

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This series provides readers with the information they need to think critically about the worldwide implications of global issues; each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a panoramic view of opinions.; ; By illuminating the complexities and interrelations of the global community, this excellent resource helps students and other researchers enhance their global awareness. Each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a pan

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 12 up.

Comfortably tucked away in a cozy home in a democratic land it could be easy to take for granted the rights that one is born with. Yet, if you look at the history of democracy, it becomes clear that while its intellectual roots stretch back to ancient Greece, its practical application has a relatively short pedigree. Democracy, as Tom Lansford points out in this title of the illustrated "Political Systems of the World" series, is based upon the belief that voting publics create the most inclusive and reasonable governments. Rather than relying upon the rule of neither one person nor an oligarchy, democracies are grounded on the pluralism that open voting systems create. In this particular book readers are presented with both the history of democratic governance as well as the threats to its continuance. Issues such as the allure of dictatorship, the willingness to sacrifice liberty in the face of threats, and voter apathy all are handled in a reasonable way. Through a balanced and thoughtful approach Tom Lansford has created a useful tool for the furtherance of understanding democracy. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

VOYA - Dotsy Harland
In Socialism, Fleming describes his ambiguous topic as a theory, which sometimes manifests itself in the form of government, that society has a duty to ensure the social and economic equality of all of its members. He points out that socialist ideas tend to emerge in times of crisis and traces the history of socialism from Plato, the New Testament, and early utopian writings to the present day. He then explores economic socialism in the twentieth century and how it is reflected in various programs throughout the world, such as Britain's National Health Service and Social Security in the United States. The final chapter highlights the pros and cons of socialism. The book is filled with colorful photographs and brief one-page descriptions of key people, places, and terms. Fleming writes with an enjoyable flair, and offers an insightful and objective overview of this often misunderstood concept. Democracy by Lansford is similar in format, but it does not include the one-page entries. Lansford, in a clear and readable style, explores the main forms of democracy, its history dating back to the ancient Greeks, and documents that have been important in its development internationally. This author also discusses some of the problems with the democratic system, such as voter apathy. Each of the series six volumes includes a helpful chart that compares the six forms of government, which also include dictatorship, theocracy, communism, and monarchy. This series for older teens is an excellent and well-researched collection addition. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780737747157
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
02/25/2011
Series:
Global Viewpoints Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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