The Political Classics

The Political Classics : A Guide to the Essential Texts from Plato to Rousseau

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This is a lively and accessible introduction to some of the greatest works of political thought. Written by a team of specialist contributors, there are chapters on Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics, Augustine's City of God, Machiavelli's Discourses and The Prince, Hobbes's Leviathan, and Locke's Second Treatise on Government. Concentrating on the ideas contained in the texts themselves, the guide also helps readers understand why these classics remain indispensable more

Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 121.9 x 193 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0192852825
  • 9780192852823

Review quote

"Well conceived and written. A commendable focus on selected texts and the bibliography is very useful."--Noel B. Reynolds, Brigham Young Universityshow more

Back cover copy

This book has been designed to enable all students of political ideas to gain a fuller appreciation of the great works which form the foundation of the subject. It spans a critical period: from the turbulent era of the American and French Revolutions through to the calmer waters of the nineteenth century. Seven classic texts have been chosen for analysis: Hamilton's The Federalist, Sieyes' What is the Third Estate?, Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, Hegel's The Philosophy of Right, de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto, and Mill's On Liberty. Together they illustrate and express the main themes of the period. The most prominent of these is the growing distinction between the state and society and the problems that this brings in its train. Other themes embrace the interplay of revolution and reaction, the growth of representative government, and the challenge posed by democracy. The clear analysis and explanation contained in each essay will enable the reader to return to the original texts with a new understanding and more

Table of contents

John Day: Plato; Andrew Lockyer: Aristotle; Bruce Haddock: Saint a Augustine; Peter Savigear: Machiavelli; Murray Forsyth: Hobbes; Christopher Hughes: Locke; Maurice Keens-Soper: Rousseaushow more