Political Dissent: A Global Reader

Political Dissent: A Global Reader : Ancient to Early-Modern Sources

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This is a global anthology of great texts in the history of political dissent. Volume 1 spans the ancient and early-modern world, beginning with the Book of Isaiah, from the eighth century, BCE, and ending with John C. Calhoun's "South Carolina Exposition," from the early nineteenth century CE. Volume 2 begins with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the "Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments," from the mid-nineteenth century, and ends with the 2008 online Chinese human rights manifesto "Charter 08". The selected texts come from across the ideological spectrum, representing a wide range of political, cultural, philosophical, and religious perspectives. Each text has been framed with an introduction that describes its historical context and importance and provides readers with assistance in interpreting the text-including explanations of unfamiliar terms and concepts. These introductions have been written for a general audience. Each text is also accompanied by a list of "Suggestions for Further Reading," which points interested readers toward reliable sources for further exploration of the text, its author, and/or the historical moment or issues involved. This anthology should be accessible and useful to anyone from advanced high school students to scholarly specialists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 557.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0739127772
  • 9780739127773

About Derek Malone-France

Derek Malone-France is associate professor of religion and writing and director of the University Writing Program at The George Washington University.show more

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Readers can certainly find these selections elsewhere, but the strength of this volume lies in how well the author has framed this collection of writings. This work goes a long way towards illuminating dissent as a vital genre of rhetoric and literature. The short essays which introduce each selection are very well-written, accessible, and grounded within the particular debates and historical conditions animating each author. -- Cedric Johnson, Hobart and William Smith Collegesshow more

Table of contents

General Preface Foreword to Volume One 1 The Book of Isaiah Isaiah 2 The Analects of Confucius Confucius 3 The Apology of Socrates Plato 4 Gospel Sayings of Jesus Jesus of Nazareth 5 The Qur'an Muhammad ibn 'Abdullah 6 Defender of the Peace Marsilius of Padua 7 On Confessions Bartolome de Las Casas 8 Areopagitica John Milton 9 Two Treatises of Government John Locke 10 The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau 11 Common Sense Thomas Paine 12 The United States Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson, et al. 13 The Anti-Federalist Papers of "Brutus" Robert Yates 14 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft 15 The Colonial Constitution of Saint-Domingue Toussaint Louverture, et al. 16 Speech at Vincennes Tecumseh 17 The South Carolina Exposition John C. Calhoun About the Editorshow more