Notes 2.5.08 - Mass Democracy o Result of the duel...

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Mass Democracy o Result of the duel revolutions o Initially democracy had small-scale popularity (mainly in the bourgeoisie) o Working and peasant social classes were not given voting rights o The Paris Commune ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune ) Considered the first communist state, lasted less than 2 months Protests and uprisings from students took over the government This event was enough to convince all of Europe to make political reforms o The Paris Commune led to democratic reforms – political representation thru voting rights was granted to all white men o Working industrial class became the most influential group of voters – more people = more votes o Resulted in a merger of old aristocrats with the bourgeois and a merger of peasants with workers; a new group formed of “petit-bourgeois” (white-collared middle class) Formation of political parties o Initiated by the working class o All were centrally organized better chance of being heard
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Notes 2.5.08 - Mass Democracy o Result of the duel...

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