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Democracy Timeline

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Ghewa Hamadeh

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Democracy Timeline

Democracy Timeline
Rachel Z. & Ghewa H.


Plato was a strong believer in the idea that everyone should get a higher level of education. He contributed to democracy by influencing the idea of academic education.
407-399 BC
Socrates is seen as a founder of Western Philosophy. He contributed to democracy by influencing individuals to question what they are told.

The civil rights movement brought african americans into the "political mainstream". This opened every ones' eyes to the fact that there should be equal rights and freedoms regardless of race.
Roman Italy
510 - 27 BC
The nobles become represented in the assembly. Governmental power becomes divided between them. The extent of the empire and the conflict leads to a decline in democracy in favor of strong dictators.

South Africa
Nelson Mandela became the first democratically- elected president of South Africa.
Salvador Allende of Chile becomes the first democratically-elected Marxist
Canada became a country and formed the Confederation.
They decided...
1. Canada would be a federal union with 2 levels of government ( federal, provincial)
2. Canada would have a central parliament with 3 parts ( monarch, senate, house of commons)

Roman Republic

Republican form of government where one person speaks for many, which contributed to the base of the democratic government.
1028-1087 AD

King William The Conqueror: established a census called "Domesday Book" which helped determine how much he should tax his people. This helped establish the modern day taxing system in North America.
George Brown gave two elements of the original union that he believed were critical. 1. The government would be a parliamentary democracy under a monarch.
2. There would be a central federal government, and smaller provincial governments for Quebec and smaller provinces to have say.

Machiavelli contributed to the American democracy by influencing the idea of stability and order.
Lord Durham was sent to do a report on Canada's development. His major reccomendations were that the two colonies would be brought into one assembly with representation by population.


John Locke believed that people had natural rights of life, liberty and property. This made him a significant influence on the Bill of Rights.

British North America

Voltaire fought for tolerance, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and reason. He influenced the bill of rights.
The French Revolution causes the removal of the king (Louis the XVI) power is transferred from an absolute monarchy, to a republic based on rights of people (woman cannot vote).
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