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A History of Western Political Thoughtby J S Mcclelland
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"A History of Western Political Thought" traces the development and consolidation of a tradition of Western political thought from ancient Greece through to the development of the modern state, the American Enlightenment, the rise of liberalism and the very different reactions it engendered. McClelland's definition of politics encompasses both power wielded from above and power threatened from below. The sustained pursuit of this theme leads him to present an original and often controversial view of the theorists of the received canon and to add some writers to that canon whom he feels have been unjustly neglected. "A History of Western Political Thought" will inform, challenge, provoke and entertain any reader interested in what people have had to say about politics in the last two and a half thousand years and why it matters.
Book News Annotation:
McClelland (politics, U. of Nottingham) traces the development of political thought from the ancient Greeks through Christendom, the humanist reinvention of sovereignty, the social contract, the Enlightenment, the rise of liberalism, and reactions to liberalism. Interwoven are 40 brief biographies of thinkers from Aristotle to British conservative Oakeshott (1901-90).
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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 20th century. It focuses on individual thinkers and texts, and includes 40 biographies of key political thinkers.
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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