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The Rise of Democracy: Revolution, War and Transformations in International Politics Since 1776

Christopher Hobson


Little over 200 years ago, a quarter of a century of warfare with an ‘outlaw state’ brought the great powers of Europe to their knees. That state was the revolutionary democracy of France. In the intervening period, there has been a remarkable transformation in the way democracy is understood and valued – today, it is the non-democratic states that are seen as rogue regimes. This book looks at the historical contrast between the strongly negative perceptions of democracy in the 18th century and the very high degree of acceptance and legitimacy in contemporary international politics. It conside ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratization, democratic peace, popular sovereignty, international relations, international history, conceptual history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748692811
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hobson, author
Waseda University