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Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics: Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics: Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000 (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 10/11/2003
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Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000, first published in 2004, is an analysis of the relationship between democratization and contentious politics that builds upon the model set forth in the pathbreaking book, Dynamics of Contention. Using a sustained comparison of French and British histories since 1650 or so as a springboard for more general comparison within Europe Contention and Democracy goes on to demonstrate that democratization occurred as result of struggles during which (as in 19th century Britain and France) few, if any, of the participants were self-consciously trying to create democratic institutions. Consequently, circumstances for democratization vary from era to era, region to region as functions of previous history, international environments, available models of political organization, and predominant patterns of social relations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521537131
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... an ambitious, well-written book ...'. Political Studies Review
'... Tilly is to be congratulated for his brave grasp of a vast sociological literature that illuminates many important historical details. His treatment of the vital role played by the Low Countries in the history of democracy in Europe is especially good.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Although it always keeps its central arguments in view, there is scarcely a page that doesn't have some fascinating sub-argument, illuminating comparison, provocative conjecture, or telling datum. A busy reader who felt she/he got the main ideas after a couple of chapters and skipped to the conclusions would be missing much but by the time you get through the second chapter you see how proposition-rich this book is and aren't much inclined to leap ahead." - Journal of Social History John Markoff, University of Pittsburgh

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