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The Rise of Democracy

Revolution, War and Transformations in International Politics since 1776

Christopher Hobson

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Explores democracy’s remarkable rise from obscurity to centre stage in contemporary international relations

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-democractic states that are seen as rogue regimes.

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1.Introduction: Beyond the ‘End of History’
2.Thucydidean Themes: Democracy in International Relations
3.Fear and Faith: The Founding of the United States
4.The Crucible of Democracy: The French Revolution
5.Reaction, Revolution and Empire: The Nineteenth Century
6. The Wilsonian Revolution: World War One
7. From the Brink to ‘Triumph’: The Twentieth Century
8. Conclusion: Democracy and Humility

About the Author

Christopher Hobson is Assistant Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations University. Christopher previously worked as a Research Associate at the United Nations University (2010 – 2013); and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (2008–2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.

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