Ch 20: The Spread of Democracy Across the World

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Watch video lessons and learn about how democracy spread across the world and became a predominating force. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

The Spread of Democracy Across the World - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Democracy is a type of participatory government that captures the imagination of human beings around the globe. It is a powerful, yet messy form of government that many aspire to, one that gives voice to the common person and promotes the welfare of every member of society including the lowliest and least privileged. In this chapter we will look at the way in which democracy became a global force after the conclusion of World War II and in the decades that followed. You will come to understand why this concept is held so dear by so many and how it has manifested in the countries where it has taken root. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • What constitutes a democracy and how it differs from other forms of government
  • The fundamental principles of democracy
  • Different types of democracy and the societies each is best suited for
  • Democracy in Africa: the impact of ethnicity and race
  • Mikhail Gorbachev and his policies of glasnost and perestroika
  • The impact of BorisYeltsin and the New Russian Republic
  • Democracy and the decline of communism in Eastern Europe during the second half of the 20th century

VideoObjective
What is Democracy? Definitions, Types and PrinciplesExamine the concept of democracy and distinguish between direct and participatory democracy
Impact of Ethnic and Racial Conflicts on Africa's DemocracyHow experiences in Nigeria and South Africa demonstrate the influences conflicts can have on growing democracy
Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika:Explanation and SignificanceThe powerful stirrings of democratic change within the former Soviet Union
Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic:History and TimelineEffects of Yeltsin's new directions on the growing democracy in Russia
The End of Communism in Eastern Europe:Events and TimelineThe fall of the Berlin Wall and other seminal developments

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