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In this book, the author have suggested that the eighteenth-century history of democracy should be studied primarily as the history of the reception, use and redefinition of the concepts of the people, democracy, representation and the sovereignty of the people in parliamentary debates. The primary objective of this study has been to estimate how and to what extent the parliamentary establishments in eighteenth-century Britain and Sweden became advocates of the emerging more modern notions of democracy and the sovereignty of the people by giving them a clearer linguistic expression, recognition and acceptance in parliamentary and associated public debates. The author was seeking a solution to a contradiction between the established view of the French Revolution as a major event redefining democracy and suggestions that 'democracy' and 'popular sovereignty' had been given modern meanings much earlier in some countries.

Keywords: Britain; debates; democracy; eighteenth-century; French Revolution; popular sovereignty; Sweden



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