The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought

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This major work of academic reference provides a comprehensive overview of the development of political thought from the late nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Written by a distinguished team of international contributors, this Cambridge History covers the rise of the welfare state and subsequent reactions to it, the fascist and communist critiques of and attempted alternatives to liberal democracy, the novel forms of political organization occasioned by the rise of the mass electorate and new social movements, the various intellectual traditions from positivism to post-modernism that have shaped the study of politics, the interaction between western and non-western traditions of political thought, and the challenge possed to the state by globalization. Every major theme in twentieth-century political thought is covered in a series of chapters at once scholarly and accessible, of interest and relevance to students and scholars of politics at all levels from beginning undergraduate upwards.

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"...this is an indispensable map. If you care about politics and agree with Keynes that ideas matter, you will find this an essential reference tool." The Economist
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Terence Ball is Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. He taught for many years at the University of Minnesota, and has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Oxford and California, San Diego. Professor Ball has edited the political writings of James Mill and The Federalist for the Cambridge Texts series, co-edited (with Joyce Appleby) Thomas Jefferson for the same series, and his own books include Transforming Political Discourse, Reappraising Political Theory and Rousseau's Ghost: A Novel, in addition to numerous co-edited works.

Richard Bellamy is Professor of Political Science at University College London.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Editors' introduction; Part I. The Changing Fortunes of Liberal Democracy: 1. The coming of the welfare state Michael Freeden; 2. Politics and markets: Keynes and his critics Wayne Parsons; 3. The advent of the masses and the making of the modern theory of democracy Richard Bellamy; 4. Nationalism and imperialism James Mayall; 5. Fascism and racism Stanley G. Payne; 6. Conservatism Noel O'Sullivan; 7. Christian Democracy Mario Caciagli; 8. Critics of totalitarianism Jeffrey C. Isaac; 9. The end of the welfare state? Robert E. Goodin; Part II. Varieties of Marxism: 10. The Second International: socialisms and social democracy Dick Geary; 11. The Russian Revolution: an ideology in power Neil Harding; 12. Asian communism David McLellan; 13. Western Marxism David McLellan; 14. French Marxism - existentialism to structuralism Sunil Khilnani; Part III. Science, Modernism and Politics: 15. Reactions to positivism Melissa Lane; 16. Postmodernism: pathologies of modernity from Nietzsche to the post-structuralists Peter Dews; 17. Weber, Durkheim and the sociology of the modern state Antonino Palumbo and Alan Scott; 18. Freud and his followers Paul Roazen; 19. Modernism in art, literature and political theory Walter L. Adamson; 20. The new science of politics James Farr; 21. Utilitarianism and beyond: contemporary analytical political theory David Miller and Richard Dagger; Part IV. New Social Movements and the Politics of Difference: 22. Pacifism and Pacificism Martin Ceadal; 23. Feminisms Susan James; 24. Identity politics James Tully; 25. Green political theory Terence Ball; Part V. Beyond Western Political Thought: 26. Nonwestern political thought in the twentieth century Bhikhu Parekh; 27. Islamic political thought in the twentieth century Salwa Ismail; Epilogue - the grand dichotomy of the twentieth century Steven Lukes; Biographies; Bibliographies; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    If you skipped those economic or political lectures in your History of the Twentieth Century class, or if you simply need a refresher course, this hefty tome will walk you through the 'isms' of the past 100 years. Editors Terence Ball and Richard Bellamy offer a remarkably thorough history that runs the gamut from fascism to Keynes, from feminism to environmentalism, from surrealism to mystical racism, and in a way that makes you realize that they're all intertwined. Be forewarned, though, this isn't light reading. It's a dense, academic work by major political thinkers. We suggest this book to anyone interested in putting today's political climate into historical context. If you are involved in the financial life of Europe or the United States, this is your back story.

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