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Contributions in Political Science #383: Ideas of Social Order in the Ancient World

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Harle focuses on the perennial issue of social order by providing a comparative analysis of ideas on social order in the classical Chinese political philosophy, the Indian epic and political literature, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, the classical Greek and Roman political thought, and early Christianity. His analysis is based on the religious, political, and literary texts that represent their respective civilizations as both their major achievements and sources of shared values.

Harle maintains that two major approaches to establishing and maintaining social order exist in all levels and types of social relations: moral principles and political power. According to the principle-oriented approaches, social order will prevail if and when people follow strict moral principles. According to the contending power-oriented approach, orderly relations can only be based on the application of power by the ruler over the ruled. The principle-oriented approaches introduce a comprehensive civil society of individuals; the power-oriented approaches give major roles to the city-state, its government and relationships between them. The question of morality can be recognized also within the power-oriented approaches which either submit politics to morality or maintain that politics must be taken as nothing else than politics. This book is a contribution to peace and international studies as well as political theory and international relations.

Book News Annotation:

A comparative analysis of ideas about social order in numerous ancient cultures. Harle (international relations, U. of Lapland) suggests that there are two major approaches to establishing and maintaining social order: moral principles and political power. He then examines these forces among the ancient Chinese, Indians, Jews, Romans, Greeks, and followers of Zoroastrianism. The author's focus is on culturally important religious, philosophical, and literary works that propagate these ideas about social order, such as the Mahabharata, the Zend-Avesta, and the Torah.
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Synopsis:

A comparison of seven major civilizations through their fundamental social, political, religious, and literary texts.

Synopsis:

Harle focuses on the perennial issue of social order by providing a comparative analysis of ideas of social order in classical Chinese political philosophy, the Indian epic and political literature, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, classical Greek and Roman political thought, and early Christianity. His analysis is based on the religious, political, and literary texts that represent their respective civilizations as both their major achievements and sources of shared values.

About the Author

VILHO HARLE is Professor of International Relations at University of Lapland in Finland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313305825
Author:
Harle, Vilho
Publisher:
Praeger
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Civilization, ancient
Subject:
International organization
Subject:
Social control
Subject:
Social institutions
Subject:
Social institutions -- History.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
International organization -- History.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Contributions in political science,
Series Volume:
[9-65]no. 383
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.28x6.18x.98 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Harle focuses on the perennial issue of social order by providing a comparative analysis of ideas of social order in classical Chinese political philosophy, the Indian epic and political literature, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, classical Greek and Roman political thought, and early Christianity. His analysis is based on the religious, political, and literary texts that represent their respective civilizations as both their major achievements and sources of shared values.
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