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9780192853882

Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192853882

  • ISBN10:

    0192853880

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative -- yet always balanced and complete -- discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject developed and how it influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all readers an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever area of study one deems important or appealing, whatever topic fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, The Prince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distills from them an introduction to Machiavelli of exemplary clarity.

Author Biography

Kenneth Minogue is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Why Despots Don't Belong in Politics
The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen
The Romans: The Real Meaning of Patriotism
Christianity and the Rise of the Individual
Constructing the Modern State
How to Analyse a Modern State
Relations between States: How to Balance Power
The Experience of Politics: I - How to be an Activist
The Experience of Politics: II - Parties and Doctrines
The Experience of Politics: III - Justice, Freedom, and Democracy
Studying Politics Scientifically
Ideology Challenges Politics
Can Politics Survive the Twenty-first Century?
Further Reading
Index
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