A History of Western Political Thought

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A History of Western Political Thought is an energetic and lucid account of the most important political thinkers and the enduring themes of the last two and a half millennia. Written with students of the history of political thought in mind, the book:
* traces the development of political thought from Ancient Greece to the late twentieth century
* focuses on individual thinkers and texts
* includes 40 biographies of key political thinkers
* offers original views of theorists and highlights those which may have been unjustly neglected
* develops the wider themes of political thought and the relations between thinkers over time.
 

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This self-avowedly "old-fashioned...ac-count of great texts" begins with the Greeks and closes with modern reactions to liberalism; Hegel and Marx; "irrationalists" Pareto, Michels, LeBon, Freud, and ... Read full review

Contents

THE GUARDIANS OF THE STATE AND JUSTICE
33
Romans and Roman Catholics
74
MARSILIUS OF PADUIA
172
THE MODERNITY OF THE MODERN STATE
279
THE POLITICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT
297
ENLIGHTENMENT AND GOVERNMENT THROUGH
315
JEFFERSON CREVECOEUR
339
HUIME AND BUIRKE
401
THE ROUISSEAUIIST VERSION
517
HERDER
623
THE ELITIST CRITIQUE OF DEMOCRACY PARETO AND MICHELS
637
SIGMUIND FREUIDS GROUP
683
Notes
795
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J. S. McClelland is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Nottingham. He has held visiting posts at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and Sacramental State University, California. His previous publications include The French Right: From De Maistre to Maurras and The Crowd: From Plato to Canetti.

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