When Democracies Fail

HIST-W 300 — Fall 2020 — Themester

Course Description

Whereas the victory over communism in 1989 seemed proof positive of the superior qualities and robustness of democracy, the last few years have exposed an unexpected fragility, and an unexpectedly vigorous assault on core principles of democratic rule from authoritarian rulers around the world, and from radical minorities within still functioning democracy. How is that something that seemed to self-evident and so robust should now appear so fragile? This 300-level history course explores the evolution of modern democracy from the revolutionary era to the present, looking at the challenges and critics that have periodically challenged democracy – and sometimes overthrown it altogether.


Instructor: Dr. Mark Roseman