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A History of Western Political Thought - J. S. McClelland

A History of Western Political Thought

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"A History of Western Political Thought" traces the development and consolidation of a tradition of Western political thought from ancient Greece through to the development of the modern state, the American Enlightenment, the rise of liberalism and the very different reactions it engendered.
McClelland's definition of politics encompasses both power wielded from above and power threatened from below. The sustained pursuit of this theme leads him to present an original and often controversial view of the theorists of the received canon and to add some writers to that canon whom he feels have been unjustly neglected.
"A History of Western Political Thought" will inform, challenge, provoke and entertain any reader interested in what people have had to say about politics in the last two and a half thousand years and why it matters.

"McClelland presents a comprehensive study, discussing and in some cases attempting to revise the canon of Western political thought from ancient Greece through the modern world. - Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, Vol 36(3), 303-306, Summer 2000."

List of Biographies
The Greeks
Ancient Greek Political Thought
Socrates and Plato
The Guardians of the State and Justice
Aristotle and the Science of Politics
Romans and Roman Catholics: From Polis to Cosmopolis
Christian Cosmopolitan: St. Augustine's City of God
Christendom and its Law: St. Thomas Aquinas
Romans and Humanists: the Reinvention of Sovereignty
The Re-invention of Sovereignty: Marsilius of Padua
Machiavelli: The Prince and The Virtuous Republic
The Theory of the Social Contract
The Rise and Extraordinary Persistence of the Theory of the Social Contract
Social Contract I: The Hobbesian Version
Social Contract II: The Lockean Version
Social Contract III: The Rousseauist Version
Enlightenment and the Development of the Modern State
The Modernity of the Modern State
The Politics of Enlightenment
Enlightenment and Government through Law: Montesquieu
The American Enlightenment: Jefferson, Crevecoeur, Hamilton, Jay, Madison, Paine
The Limitations of Enlightenment: Hume and Burk
The Rise of Liberalism
Liberalism Comes of Age: Bentham and John Stuart Mill
Liberalism in Maturity and Decline: Spencer, Sumner and Green
Reactions to Liberalism 1
Hegel: The State and Dialectic
Hegel and the Hegelian Context of Marxism
Reactions to Liberalism 2
Socialism Marxism and Other Socialisms
Social Democracy: Bernstein and Crosland
The Synthesis of Jacobinism and Marxism - Bolshevism: Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin
Reactions to Liberalism 3
Irrationalism and Anti-Rationalism
The Moral Exclusiveness of Nationalism: Herder
The Elitist Critique of Democracy: Pareto and Michels
Liberalism's Special Enemies: The Crowd and its Theorists
The Leader and his Crowd: Sigmund Freud's Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921)
Fascism, or Being Revolutionary without Being Marxist
Conservatism: Maurras and Oakeshott
Thinking about Thinking, and the Lapse into Discourses
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ISBN: 9780415119627
ISBN-10: 0415119626
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 820
Published: 1st April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 17.17  x 4.47
Weight (kg): 1.42
Edition Number: 1