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Comparing Transitions to Democracy in 18th Century France and 20th Century South Africa
In comparing transitions to democracy in late 18th century France and late 20th century South Africa, this study group will explore some of the fundamental factors that may determine the viability of democracy in a given society. Why were black and white South Africans able to cobble together the relatively peaceful resolution of their political conflicts that consistently eluded supposedly enlightened 18th century Frenchmen? Why was a process of negotiation successful in South Africa but largely absent from the French Revolution? What role did political leadership, in particular that of Nelson Mandela, play in shaping these distinct outcomes? Barry Shapiro is Professor Emeritus of History, Allegheny College, Meadville PA, and is a specialist in the study of the French Revolution.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : History and Culture
Date(s) : 02/23/2021 - 04/13/2021
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 1:00-2:30PM
Location : Online
Instructor : Shapiro Barry
Fee : $45.00
Event Status : OPEN