About the Emergence of Modern Democracy

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If the road to individual freedom and democracy in antiquity was like climbing a climbing wall, it was just as much the case when democracy evolved in the modern USA and in Europe.

It was not due to one, single political movement introducing humanism and democracy; rather it was the result of a number of independent cultural trends and events which supported one another and brought about new ideas in economics, natural sciences, philosophy, technology, art, and literature, and which changed the dominant philosophy of man and government.

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