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Politics: A Very Short Introduction

Politics: A Very Short Introduction - 95 edition

Politics: A Very Short Introduction - 95 edition

ISBN13: 9780192853882

ISBN10: 0192853880

Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth R. Minogue - ISBN 9780192853882
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95
Copyright: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Politics: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth R. Minogue - ISBN 9780192853882

ISBN13: 9780192853882

ISBN10: 0192853880

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95
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Summary

The new Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects from politics to classics. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each book in the series provides trenchant, provocative, yet balanced discussions on the central issues of the field, gives a readable historical account of the subject, and demonstrates how each particular area of study has developed and shaped society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering readers an affordable, accessible, and complete reference library. Stimulating and lively, the Very Short Introductions are indispensable guides and essential reading for anyone interested in the development of these influential fields.

Providing the general reader and the student with an introduction to the central issues of political science, A Very Short Introduction to Politics shows how political trends and maneuvers develop and how they help shape our society. Kenneth Minogue, with his lively and popular style, begins with a discussion of issues arising from a historical account of politics, and goes on to offer chapters dealing with the Ancient Greeks and the idea of citizenship; Roman law; medieval Christianity and individualism; freedom since Machiavelli and Hobbes; the challenge of ideologies; democracy, oligarchy, and bureaucracy; power and order in modern society; and politics in the West. Readable and pithy, this entertaining introduction is perfect for anyone looking for an accessible overview of the subject.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Why Despots Don't Belong in Politics
2. The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen
3. The Romans: The Real Meaning of Patriotism
4. Christianity and the Rise of the Individual
5. Constructing the Modern State
6. How to Analyse a Modern Society
7. Relations between States: How to Balance Power
8. The Experience of Politics: I. How to be an Activist
9. The Experience of Politics: II. Parties and Doctrines
10. The Experience of Politics: III. Justice, Freedom, and Democracy
11. Studying Politics Scientifically
12. Ideology Challenges Politics
13. Can Politics Survive the Twenty-first Century?
Further Reading
Index