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A Timeline of Democracy Done By: Muqbil

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“Government of the people, by the people, for the people”
Abraham Lincoln's definition of democracy
The Athenians evolved a system of government based on "rule by the people" which they called democracy from the Greek for demos (people) and kratein (rule). All male citizens were members of the assembly and could vote, women and slaves were excluded. This event is important because it was the birth of democracy and many people believe that it could be considered one of Ancient Greece's most important achievement. Initially it only lasted for two centuries, but the notion of people power, or demokratia in Greek, continues to be a foundation for many governments around the world more than 2,500 years later.
Athenian democracy
Nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta establishing written law as a higher power than the rights of the king. The transfer of some power from the king to the nobles introduced basic freedom and property rights to "free men".The Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in history and also a significant event in the development of democracy because it guaranteed the people certain rights, and bound the king to certain laws and because it opened the door to a more democratic system of government in England.
Magna Carta
The main reason it was passed by British parliament was to institute a permanent administration in Canada. The assembly was appointed not elected. The colony was to be Governed by a Governor and a council of 17-23 councilors. The act guaranteed religious freedom for Roman Catholics and enlarged the boundaries of the province of Quebec towards the Maritimes and Aboriginal territory
Quebec Act
Early 5th Century
The Scandinavian Thing
In Scandinavia, there is an interesting example of a kind of a democracy more common among very small and primitive communities. It takes place in a thing (meeting). The free men gather either to affirm or to amend the existing state of the tribal law, which is expounded to them by experts in the matter. In a pre-literate society this is in a sense a communalaide-mémoire, but it also enables the group to assess its own response to any new situation. This was important because it gave everyone the chance to share their opinion and express their values and morals towards a particular problem. then they can come to a conclusion of what should be done and is best for the community by using the method of majority rules.
Jan 1, 0800
This picture shows King John signing the Magna Carta at Runnymede.
June 15, 1215
Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was an Act of the Parliament of England.The Bill of Rights legally establishes the civil and political rights that an English citizen living within a constitutional monarchy ought to have. I believe that the Bill of Rights was a significant event in the development of democracy because it gave all the citizens fundamental rights and freedoms.
Dec 16,1689
June 22, 1774
American Constitution
The US constitution, arguably the oldest written democratic constitution, establishes a federal system of government. At the 1787 convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches–executive, legislative and judicial–along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power. It was important because it was the first constitution of its kind, and has influenced the constitutions of other nations around the globe.
Sept 17, 1787
French Revolution
The French revolution was a period of social and political upheaval in France that profoundly affected French and modern history, marking the decline of powerful monarchies and churches (the absolute monarch of France was overthrown) and the rise of democracy and nationalism. The ideals of the French revolution hoped to restore power and wealth to the whole of society and end the great inequality of the previous government. It ended supreme rule by French kings and strengthened the middle class. After the revolution began, no European kings, nobles, or other privileged groups could ever again take their powers for granted or ignore the ideals of liberty and equality.
Great Reform Acts
It transferred voting privileges from the small rural boroughs controlled by the nobility and gentry to the heavily populated but underrepresented industrial towns. It gave the vote to all householders who paid a yearly rental of £10 or more and some lodgers. It also created 67 new constituencies.
May 16, 1832
Act Of Union
Women given the vote
Women's suffrage in New Zealand was an important political issue in the late 19th century. Of countries currently independent, New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote. This significant milestone was a couple of decades before many other Western democracies like UK and US.
Nov 28, 1893
Hitler's Germany
Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor after Reichstag elections. His Nazi party passed the Enabling Bill giving him absolute power and Germany becomes a one-party state. The triumph of fascism and communism leads to a dark age for democracy in many European countries. it was important becausehe wanted to bring democracy to an end in Geramany
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The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedom
It is a document that protects the interests of Canadians and provides a way to challenge perceived abuses of basic rights and freedoms through our court system.The Charter falls into seven distinct categories: fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, language rights, mobility rights, minority language educational rights, legal rights, and equality rights.
April 17, 1982
The Act of Union was passed by the British Parliament in July 1840 and proclaimed 10 February 1841. It united the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada under one government, creating the Province of Canada.This act effected the political union of the Province of Canada, and was similar in nature and in goals to the other Acts of Union enacted by the British Parliament.
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