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Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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The story of democracy remains one without an ending, a dynamic of progress and regress that continues to our own day. In the classical age, "democracy" was seen as the failure rather than the ideal of good governance. Beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries, however, the reputation of democracy began to rise, resulting in changes that were sometimes revolutionary and dramatic, sometimes gradual and incremental.
How have understandings of self-rule changed over time on both sides of the Atlantic? Is democracy an ethical ideal or merely a set of institutions?
James T. Kloppenberg is Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University. For his commitment to undergraduate education he has been honored with the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize by the Harvard Undergraduate Council and named a Harvard College Professor. He has held the Pitt professorship at the University of Cambridge, has taught at L'École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris, and has lectured throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States.

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Speaker: James T. Kloppenberg


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