Roots of Freedom : A Primer on Modern Liberty

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  • Copyright: 2004-04-01
  • Publisher: Isi Books
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Roots of Freedom is a primer on the thinkers and ideas that have shaped the foundations of free societies. John Danford traces the development of indispensable concepts such as the rule of law, independent judiciary, limited government, free markets, and individual autonomy in the writings of (among others) Luther, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, Adam Smith, the American founders, Alexis de Tocqueville, and John Stuart Mill.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
CHAPTER 1 Roots in Ancient Greece 1(10)
CHAPTER 2 Roots in Premodern Christianity 11(12)
CHAPTER 3 The Emergence from Feudalism 23(12)
CHAPTER 4 The Protestant Reformation 35(14)
CHAPTER 5 The Modern Project 49(12)
CHAPTER 6 Science, Ambition, and Conquest 61(14)
CHAPTER 7 Natural Rights and the Natural Condition 75(14)
CHAPTER 8 Property and Liberty 89(16)
CHAPTER 9 Commerce and Liberty 105(14)
CHAPTER 10 Wealth, Cooperation, and Freedom 119(12)
CHAPTER 11 Prices and Markets 131(14)
CHAPTER 12 American Liberty 145(14)
CHAPTER 13 Majority Tyranny 159(14)
CHAPTER 14 Free Societies and the Future 173(22)
Index 195

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