Abstract

For Hiroshi Watanabe, ancient China offers an illiberal and democratic experience that could foreshadow the future of Western democracies. He invites us to fear a possible sinization of America, thus joining the fears of Tocqueville. By following the Tocquevillian analysis of democratic tendencies, it becomes clearer how China became a democratic society, from the Song dynasty in 960 to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911, finding in Chinese history traits of a democratic culture.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1918-6649
Print ISSN
0730-479X
Pages
pp. 63-79
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-30
Open Access
No
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