From Plato to Rorty, A Brief History of Citizenship provides a concise survey of the idea of citizenship. All major periods are covered, beginning with Greece and Rome, continuing on to the Middle Ages, the American and French Revolutions, and finally to the modern era. Heater effectively argues that we cannot begin to understand our current conditions until we have an understanding of the initial idea of "the citizen" and how that idea has evolved over the centuries. Important topics covered include how citizenship differs from other forms of sociopolitical identity, the differences between nationality and citizenship, and how multiculturalism has changed our ideas of citizenship in the twenty-first century. This concise and readable book is an ideal introduction to the history of citizenship.
"An excellent historical account of citizenship ... Heater's work has a depth and solidity that is missing elsewhere. This is another excellent book from the leading authority in the field." -Ian Davies,author of Talking Politics "An admirably clear, concise and entertaining survey of the different forms citizenship has taken from ancient to modern times." -Keith Faulks,author of Citizenship
Preface Introduction Socio-political identities Models of the history of citizenship 1. Greece Sparta Plato and Aristotle Athens 2. Rome Republic and Empire Stoics 3. Medieval and Early Modern Periods Middle Ages Italian city-states The age of absolute monarchy 4. Age of Revolutions Pre-revolutionary ideas American Revolution French Revolution 5. Modern and Contemporary Themes I Nationality and multiculturalism Federalism World Citizenship 6. Modern and Contemporary Themes II Civil, political and social rights Women Civic socialization and education Conclusion Dilemmas in historical context References and Select Bibliography Index