The Rise Of Democracy


The beginning, or origin of democracy was that of Athens, Greece in the year 508 BC. It lasted a total of 104 years, which is pretty good for its first time in real use. At the time of its creation it was 1 form of democracy that we know today as direct democracy. The idea of direct democracy was that every citizen voted directly for the laws over themselves. Then only one-year later from its creation came yet another form of democracy, that type was and is known as indirect democracy. That form meant that people elected representatives to represent them in voting for the laws they want. Back in these times the people elected were first only known as patricians, or landowning people ...

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known as Pericles, Plato, and Aristotle. All of these men were teachers and gave some valid contributions to the idea of democracy.
After both the fall of democracy in Greece and in Rome, democracy was put on a long hold, and did not come back into power for many years. During this time Kings became very powerful under the idea of divine right. Divine right was the belief that Kings had power to rule under the grace of God. After this long dormancy along came the first big step in the rebirth of democracy. This step was known as Feudalism and it lasted from 400 AD to the year 1200AD, a total of 800 years. Feudalism was a simple type of government that was primarily constructed of a pyramid of powers. The pyramid was as follows starting from the top; the high ruler the King, lords, lesser lords, and finally the common wealth also know back then as the peasants. It was a small step toward the return of democracy, but the main plus was that it limited the Kings power. This ...

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