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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780192853097
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/7/1995
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Kenneth Minogue is Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and author of a number of books, including Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology.

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Table of Contents

1 Why Despots Don't Belong in Politics 1
2 The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen 10
3 The Romans: The Real Meaning of Patriotism 19
4 Christianity and the Rise of the Individual 25
5 Constructing the Modern State 35
6 How to Analyse a Modern Society 44
7 Relations between States: How to Balance Power 53
8 The Experience of Politics: I. How to be an Activist 63
9 The Experience of Politics: II. Parties and Doctrines 74
10 The Experience of Politics: III. Justice, Freedom, and Democracy 83
11 Studying Politics Scientifically 91
12 Ideology Challenges Politics 100
13 Can Politics Survive the Twenty-first Century? 109
Further Reading 119
Index 121
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