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A History of Political Thought


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Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Nature and Convention. 3. Law. 4. The Earthly City. 5. The State. 6. Rights. 7. Enlightenment. 8. Revolution. 9. The Age of Ideologies. (i) Liberalism. (ii) Conservatism. (iii) Nationalism. (iv) Socialism. (v) Communism. (vi) Fascism. 10. Liberal Democracy. 11. Global Politics. Suggestions for Further Reading.

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Bruce Haddock is Professor of Modern European Social and Political Thought at the School of European Studies, Cardiff University.


"Haddock's prose is clear and engaging and its texture is enriched by a wide range of reference ... it will serve as an excellent overview for students of political thought, introducing them to the major concepts and thinkers and helping to persuade them of their continued importance." Times Higher Education "A lively and erudite exploration of the history of political ideas, providing a lucid narrative of the history of political concepts and quandaries from Greece to today." International Affairs "Bruce Haddock has produced a book that is as profound as it is comprehensive and thought-provoking. He takes us from the pre-history of political thought to today's global politics, and does so with scholarly authority, clarity and elegance. This will undoubtedly become one of the standard works of reference in the history of political thought." Jeremy Jennings, University of London "Offers an admirably accessible and succinct survey of the main contours of Western political thought, from the ancient Greek city-state to today's global village." Terence Ball, Arizona State University "Bruce Haddock tells the story of the history of Western political thought from its beginnings to the present in all its rich diversity in a wonderfully engaging and intelligent manner. He combines enormous erudition with an accessible style and wise judgement, to show how the best political thinking has always been a response to hard choices, provoked by particular historical circumstances, while also transcending those circumstances. The book will be an illuminating and provoking read whether this is one's first introduction to the subject or even if you think you know it all already." John Horton, Keele University

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