Academic Review of "The Politics of Democracy"
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The paper discusses how in 'The Politics of Democracy: The English Reform Act of 1867,' Gertrude Himmelfarb offers a new perspective on the politics and, more significantly, the people involved in the Reform Act of 1867. The paper notes that Himmelfarb argues that the Act which established household suffrage and new democratic principles was the most significant event in British history. However, the paper adddresses Himmelfarb's claims that the birth of modern democracy did not have grand and noble beginnings, but started with the "nullifying fact of apathy" (Himmelfarb, 1967, p.98.). The paper describes how Himmelfarb embarks on a disparaging review of Britons, describing them as apathetic, disinterested, lazy, and complacent; they never sought a fresh system of government, but the political transformation occurred because of a strong competitiveness between leading Liberals and Tories.
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