In this week's readings Hobsbawm discusses the rise of the masses in politics. Following the industrial revolution, many people changed their professions, from farming to a different type of labor, such as working in factories. This lead to an up roar by the hard working middle class, in search of better conditions and higher wages. The masses were tired of being looked over, as if their opinion didn't matter, so a change was inevitable. With the proletariat's demanding more power and a voice, things were no longer run by the bourgeois. This was done by unionization.
The transition of power lead to a change of government. Democracy was introduced, giving everyone a voice. Of course the old leaders were not going to turn over all their power to this new majority. The government remained corrupt and many elections were staged. Over time this majority of the working class, grew to be too large and the corrupt officials could no longer keep them down.
What I find interesting about this is the US's non involvement. In today's society I feel like the US is apart of every major world development. So why at this time were they so late to conform to democracy?