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History of Western Political Thought (3rd Edition)

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The third edition of this highly-regarded core textbook offers an accessible and impressively comprehensive account of Western political thought over the last two millennia. Structured in four main parts, the chapters are...

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The third edition of this highly-regarded core textbook offers an accessible and impressively comprehensive account of Western political thought over the last two millennia. Structured in four main parts, the chapters are organised around a wide range of key themes, covering everything from Absolute Government and Revolutionary Political Thought to Politics and Freedom and Theories of Civil Disobedience. This new edition concludes with an Epilogue that considers the challenges posed to the history of Western political thought by the perspectives of post-colonialism and post-modernism. The use of boxes throughout the book to explain key thinkers in more detail, as well as the author’s ability to express complex ideas in clear and jargon-free language, makes this the perfect text for helping students to understand the key debates, issues and continuities in the long history of political ideas.For undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses on the history of political thought and theory, this is an indispensable guide.

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A Comprehensive account covering the classical, medieval and modern eras

Thematic organisation that encourages students to see a continuity of debate about key issues in the long history of political ideas and allows a wider range of thinkers to be incorporated into the text

Text boxes interspersed throughout the text provide an opportunity to study key thinkers in more detail

Expanded material on the history of international relations thinking, race consciousness, diversity and gender politics

A completely new Epilogue which focuses on a discussion of post-colonialism and post-modernism in relation to political theory

Additional `Thinker' boxes, alongside revised and updated suggestions for further reading
Introduction
PART I THE ENDS OF POLITICS
1. Politics and Order
2. Politics and Virtue
3. Politics and Freedom
4. Freedom, Politics and Sociability
5. Politics, Happiness and Welfare
PART II THE LOCATION OF POLITICAL AUTHORITY: WHO SHOULD RULE?
6. Rule by a Single Person
7. The Rule of the Few
8. The Rule of the Many
PART III THE EXERCISE OF POLITICAL AUTHORITY
9. The Sanctions of ‘Nature’
10. Mixed Government, Balanced Constitutions and the Separation of Powers
11. Absolute Government
12. The Rule of Law and Rule-Bound Orders
PART IV CHALLENGING POLITICAL AUTHORITY
13. Resisting Unjust Rulers
14. Revolutionary Political Thought
15. Theories of Civil Disobedience and Non-Violent Resistance to Political Authority
Epilogue: Post-modernism and Post-colonialism.
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JOHN MORROW is Professor of Political Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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JOHN MORROW is Professor of Political Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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