Politics: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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In this provocative but balanced essay, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.
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Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

In this provocative but balanced essay, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Surveying the history of politics from Plato to the present, it provides a good readable introduction to politics for beginners or a brushup for advanced students or faculty on areas too long ignored."--Choice

"Minogue's slim volume is an admirably light and sensible guide to political practitioners and students who want to learn more about the theoretical and historical context of today's controversies....We would all sleep more soundly if every prospective parliamentary candidate from every party was required to read this admirable book before the next election."--Sir Philip Goodhart

"Kenneth Minogue is a very lively stylist who does not distort difficult ideas....The book cannot fail to attract attention."--Maurice Cranston

"A refreshing, provocative, witty book! It does an excellent job of placing politics within the contexts of history and modern life."--Steve D. Boilard, Western Kentucky University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191610783
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 9/7/1995
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kenneth Minogue is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the London School of Economics.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    True to its' Title

    A terse undergraduate level introduction to politics which remained faithful to its' title.

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