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BHIS 1845A - MAJOR HIST II - The Quest for Democracy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will attempt to look at various definitions of democracy in history before looking at the specific case of the emergence of democracy in the United Kingdom. We will begin by examining one of the most famous documents in British history — the Magna Carta ("the great charter of liberties"). We will see how this 13th century contract pre-empted the American cry of "No taxation without representation" in the 18th Century. We will then move on to see how the English parliament developed concentrating on the changing relationship between King and Commons. This will take us to the birth of political parties and the eventual enfranchising of all men and women by the 20th century. However, the course will not accept that democracy was by any means an inevitability or that it has actually arrived in all its fullness.


PARK, Adrian (Maitre de conférences)