Gauge the role democracy, authoritarianism and colonialism have played in setting the political tone of the modern world stage.Zoom in on specific political histories in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Query the future possibilities for democracy.
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This subject explores the forces that have shaped modern history of Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and examines the evolution of specific nations, such as Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, China or Japan. Why do some states have strong civil societies and others do not? Is there a long-term trend towards democracy? Students will explore such questions by looking at the different paths of political development taken by individual states. The question of which form of government best serves the needs of modern nations is important both for the states themselves and for the international community, especially Australia.
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