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The word Democracy can be traced back to the area surrounding the mediterranean sea. The beginnings of democracy can be credited to the Greeks of the sixth century BC.The word comes from two Greek words: demos, meaning "the people" and kratein meaning "to rule." These two words are joined together to form democracy, literally meaning "rule by the people"The Greek system of government was perhaps closer to a true democracy or rule by the people than any other in history. The Greeks viewed dictatorship as the worst possible form of government, so their government evolved as the exact opposite. Their civilization was broken down into small city-states (never more than 10,000 citizens), and all the men voted on all issues of government. There were no representatives in the Greek system of government. Instead, they ruled themselves directly; each man was a life long member of the decision making body. This was almost a total democracy except for the fact that women and slaves (over 50% of the population) were not considered citizens and were not allowed to vote. Despite this, no other civilization has come as close to democracy as its creators, the Greeks, and many later civilizations have incorporated this Greek idea as part of the foundation for their government.Ideas of democracy similar to the greeks were used by the romans.They set up a representative democracy,which they sent representatives into the senate and they made desicions for the people.In 1215 AD, the Magna Carta opened the door to a more democratic system in England. Nobles forced King John to sign this "Great Charter" that created the English "Parliament", or law-making body, and stated that the written laws held a higher power than the king, thereby limiting the power of the Royal family and giving some of that power to the people. Later, the Petition of Right (1628) stipulated that the King could no longer tax without parliament’s permission and the Bill of Rights (1689) provided freedom of speech and banned cruel or unusual punishment. These strengthened Parliament further and gave the people more right to express themselves. Though these reforms did not make England a true democracy in any sense, they did incorporate democratic ideals, which would later be used to form the government of the United States.The American Revolution is another important event in the history of democracy. The first step, of course, in America’s pursuit of democracy was the Declaration of Independence in 1776.Written by thomas jefferson it states that we have unaliable rights as said by john locke.The french revolution followed and set up their democracy.Many other nations have set democracies too.The model nation for these principals became the United States.The modern american government is a representative democracy.they did not want an athenian democracy because they feared it would give the people too much power and would lend control of the government to the uneducated masses.So they choose representatives to make desicions for them.It is divided into 3 branches to keep corruption in check.The father of democracy is Cleisthenes.
The American revolution is an important event in the history of democracy.
Democracy was first invented in ancient greece. The ideas of democracy similar to the greeks were used by the romans.
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