The Secret History of Democracy

  • Benjamin Isakhan
  • Stephen Stockwell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Democracy and History

    1. Benjamin Isakhan, Stephen Stockwell
      Pages 1-16
  3. Pre-Athenian Democracy

  4. Democracy in the ‘Dark Ages’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Mohamad Abdalla, Halim Rane
      Pages 79-91
    3. Stephen Stockwell
      Pages 105-119
  5. Indigenous Democracy and Colonialism

  6. Alternative Currents in Modern Democracy

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-252

About this book


This book explores the intriguing idea that there is much more democracy in human history than is generally acknowledged. It establishes that democracy was developing across greater Asia before classical Athens, clung on during the 'Dark Ages', often formed part of indigenous governance and is developing today in unexpected ways.


democracy Governance government history Institution Protest

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Isakhan
    • 1
  • Stephen Stockwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for DialogueLa Trobe UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesGriffith UniversityAustralia

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