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Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Barrington Moore Jr.
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Aug 27, 2010

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Read from August 27 to September 01, 2010

I only got through the first half of this before other, more pressing books forced it back to the library, but I will definitely return to it. I wouldn't recommend sitting down with it and reading cover to cover, but if you ever want some questions answered about why different countries end up with different systems of government, this is great. How did England and France both end up with democracy, when their approaches to it were so different? Why did China and Russia end up communist, while India did not? Where does fascism come from, and why didn't the USA or France or Britain go down that road, while Japan and Germany did? Really interesting ideas to ponder here.
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