The Origins of Democracy in Tribes, City-States and Nation-States

Authors: Glassman, Ronald M.

Free Preview
  • Tells the complete story of the development of democracy
  • Analyses the paradox of human societies: the democratic or despotic potential of humans prevails
  • Pays special attention to the role of women in society, and their influence on the political process
  • Is firmly grounded in the work of Aristotle and Locke
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51695-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase and usable on all devices
  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover $279.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Pre-ordered printed titles are excluded from promotions.
  • Due: August 24, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84718-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide. Please be advised Covid-19 shipping restrictions apply. Please review prior to ordering
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days
About this book

This four-part work describes and analyses democracy and despotism in tribes, city-states, and nation states. The theoretical framework used in this work combines Weberian, Aristotelian, evolutionary anthropological, and feminist theories in a comparative-historical context. The dual nature of humans, as both an animal and a consciously aware being, underpins the analysis presented. 

Part One covers tribes. It uses anthropological literature to describe the “campfire democracy” of the African Bushmen, the Pygmies, and other band societies. Its main focus is on the tribal democracy of the Cheyenne, Iroquois, Huron, and other tribes, and it pays special attention to the role of women in tribal democracies. Part Two describes the city-states of Mesopotamia, Syria, and Canaan-Phoenicia, and includes a section on the theocracy of the Jews. This part focuses on the transition from tribal democracy to city-state democracy in the ancient Middle East – from the Sumerian city-states to the Phoenician. Part Three focuses on the origins of democracy and covers Greece—Mycenaean, Dorian, and the Golden Age. It presents a detailed description of the tribal democracy of Archaic Greece – emphasizing the causal effect of the hoplite-phalanx military formation in egalitarianizing Greek tribal society. Next, it analyses the transition from tribal to city-state democracy—with the new commercial classes engendering the oligarchic and democratic conflicts described by Plato and Aristotle. Part Four describes the Norse tribes as they contacted Rome, the rise of kingships, the renaissance of the city-states, and the parliamentary monarchies of the emerging nation-states. It provides details of the rise of commercial city states in Renaissance Italy, Hanseatic Germany and the Netherlands.

About the authors

Ronald Glassman is a sociology professor at New York University located in New York, New York.

Table of contents (154 chapters)

Table of contents (154 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51695-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase and usable on all devices
  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover $279.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Pre-ordered printed titles are excluded from promotions.
  • Due: August 24, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84718-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide. Please be advised Covid-19 shipping restrictions apply. Please review prior to ordering
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Origins of Democracy in Tribes, City-States and Nation-States
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51695-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51695-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51693-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84718-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CLXXXVI, 1736
Topics