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Point of Departure

  • Sheldon Gellar

Abstract

Much of the current literature on the processes of democratization in Africa fails to incorporate an analysis of precolonial political institutions, cultures, and patterns of behavior and their impact on current efforts to build and consolidate democratic institutions. Studies of the transition to democracy in Africa usually begin with independence or colonial rule. Tocqueville knew better than to start his study of democracy in America with the American Revolution. He went back to the beginning of European colonization of North America. To understand the march toward democracy in France, he did not begin with the period immediately leading up to the French Revolution. He went back seven hundred years in French history.

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Oral Tradition French Revolution Major Ethnic Group Electoral College Eleventh Century 
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Chapter Two Point of Departure

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