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|Democracy in Europe: A History|
|Thomas Erskine May (18151886)|
|Democracy in Europe: A History, by T. Erskine May (2 vols., 1877). A thoroughly learned and judicious study of popular power and political liberty throughout the history of Europe. Starting from an introduction on the causes of freedom, especially its close connection with civilization, the research deals with the marked absence of freedom in Oriental history, and then reviews the developments of popular power in Greece and Rome, and the vicissitudes of progress in the Dark Ages to the Revival of Learning. It then traces the new progress in the Italian republics, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, and England. The work shows careful study of the inner life of republics, ancient and modern; of the most memorable revolutions, and the greatest national struggles for civil and religious liberty; and of the various degrees and conditions of democracy, considered as the sovereignty of the whole body of the people. The author regards popular power as an essential condition of the social advancement of nations, and writes as an ardent admirer of rational and enlightened political liberty.|| 1|