9780415201261

Political Theorists in Context

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415201261

  • ISBN10:

    0415201268

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2004-09-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Focusing on the historical context in which political theorists have developed their thinking, this textbook provides an invaluable introduction to students of political thought. The authors address a series of canonical major thinkers in the context of three world-changing epochs - the English, French and Industrial revolutions. The theorists' ideas are assessed with reference to the politics of their time and show how they responded to, or interacted with, the political events and issues of their day. Key political thinkers include: * Milton * Hobbes * The Levellers and Diggers * Locke * Montesquieu * Jean Jacques Rousseau * Edmund Burke * John Stuart Mill * Karl Marx * Mikhail Bakunin With key concepts, further reading and revision notes in each chapter, this student-friendly text is ideal for students who come to political theory having little existing knowledge of cultural and historical developments.

Author Biography

Chris Sparks is Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ix
INTRODUCTION 1(6)
PART I A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION 7(100)
1 John Milton
9(28)
2 The Levellers and the Diggers
37(30)
3 Thomas Hobbes
67(20)
4 John Locke
87(20)
PART II REASON AND REVOLT: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 107(76)
5 Montesquieu
109(28)
6 Jean Jacques Rousseau
137(28)
7 Edmund Burke
165(18)
PART III ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 183(74)
8 John Stuart Mill
185(32)
9 Karl Marx
217(20)
10 Mikhail Bakunin and the anarchists
237(20)
INDEX 257

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