While acknowledging the democratic shortcomings of the french revolution the absence of political parties electoral campaigns and declared candidates the books comprehensive study of revolutionary elections concludes that together with its american counterpart the french revolution did indeed give birth to modern electoral democracy. Over the last 20 years the political history of the french revolution has become more closely integrated with the study of political culture and elections and electoral practices have gained new prominence in revolutionary historiography. Democracy is perhaps the defining characteristic of modern western society but even as late as the nineteenth century it was often viewed with suspicion by many who saw it as akin to anarchy and mob rule. Melvin edelsteins the french revolution and the birth of electoral democracy is an earnest and extremely meticulous analysis of electoral practices in the french revolution and their implications for the broader quetsion of democratic political apprenticeship. The french revolution and the birth of electoral democracy the french revolution and the birth of electoral democracy horn jeff 2015 04 01 000000 reviews 251 of the copious details presented the readers perseverance is rewarded by a thought provoking study ewings work is situated in the tradition of cultural history explored by scholars such as robert darnton and roger chartier
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