Historical Dictionary of Utopianism contains more than 600 entries on utopian thought and experiments that span the centuries from ancient times to the present. The text not only covers utopian communities worldwide but also its principles, such as those expounded in Thomas More's Utopia, and ideas of philosophers and reformers. Included are descriptions of utopian experiments in the United States, such as those of the Shakers, Oneida, Robert Owen, as well as the Fourierists, and elsewhere throughout the world.
Major utopian literary works and dystopian novels are also profiled because they have fueled the fires of time-honored arguments about the feasiblity of creating a perfect society. From the early theoreticians who proposed political innovations and those who sought equality among people, to those who insisted on hierarchy under a supreme leader or god to those who had more practical economic, social, and ethical plans, this reference enables the reader to explore the Western desire to improve the world and the lives of its people.
...a useful compilation that the audience for which it is designed will find helpful in many aspects of their studies....a good reference work and deserves recognition as such... * Utopian Studies *
A very brief history of utopianism occupies the book's dozen and a half pages of front matter. Even at its most brief, this brief for utopia is instructive and readers will do well not to omit it. Following this comes the book's major feature: an alphabetic list of people, movements, societies, associations, and more. Entries, more than 600 in all, cover everything from the earliest times, to the Shakers and the Oneidas of U.S. soil, to those of the most recent Far East conflicts. A list of utopias, their locations, and duration closes out the book. * American Reference Books Annual *
Recommended. All collections. * CHOICE *
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 15.04 x 3.66
Weight (kg): 0.69