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Brian Duvick, PhD
Associate Professor, History

Freedom in the Balance: Tensions in the Structures and History of Democracy

In comparison with monarchy and tyranny, the history of democracy is relatively brief—less than 200 years in antiquity and a little more than that for the modern democratic republic. While no other form of government offers such broad liberty, justice, and opportunity for all, none too is as volatile and vulnerable. Dr. Duvick’s talk addresses what socio-political factors make democracies strong, what led to their demise, and how the people must respond to changing domestic and international circumstances by continuous reinvention of their democratic institutions. He will begin with a discussion of the successes and failures of the ancient Athenian state, then explore some of the principal challenges that modern democracies have faced especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the recent Arab spring. 

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9:30am to 11:15am
This is a past event.

University Center, 302
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Lectures & Forums


University Offices, University Advancement

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Sharon Rice

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