Was ancient China a democracy?
How could is be? United states was one of the earliest, which was few hundred years ago..
Ancient Athens was the first known Democracy. The Athenian democracy was "the rule of the mob." This is very different from democracy in United States, which is referred to as a "Republican democracy." It varied over the centuries from monarchy to oligarchy, tyranny, limited democracy, oligarchy again, democracy, radical democracy, limited democracy, monarchy, limited democracy.