Political Thought in the Age of Revolution 1776-1848: Burke to Marx

Political Thought in the Age of Revolution 1776-1848: Burke to Marx

by Michael Levin


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The years between the American Revolution of 1776, the French Revolution of 1789 and the European Revolutions of 1848 saw fundamental shifts from autocracy to emerging democracy. It is a vital period in what may be termed 'modernity': that is of the western societies that are increasingly industrial, capitalist and liberal democratic. Unsurprisingly, these years of stress and transition produced some significant reflections on politics and society.

This indispensable introductory text considers how a cluster of key thinkers viewed the global political upheavals and social changes of their time, covering the work of:
• Edmund Burke * Georg Hegel
• Thomas Paine * Alexis de Tocqueville
• Jeremy Bentham * Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Lively and approachable, it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in modern history, political history or political thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230272118
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Series: European Culture and Society
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL LEVIN is Emeritus Reader in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

Chronology.- Preface.- The Historical Context.- Modern Society and Modern Thought.- Edmund Burke.- Thomas Paine.- Jeremy Bentham.- Georg Hegel.- Alexis de Tocqueville.- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.- Epilogue.- Notes.- Select Bibliography.- Index.

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A comprehensive, stimulating, well-written and scholarly but accessible account of the main strands of European political thinking between 1776 and 1848.' - Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway University of London,

'The book is well written and informed. It is aimed primarily at undergraduate students taking courses in the history of ideas and political thought, but its style makes it accessible to a wider readership. Overall, the book achieves its objectives.' - Political Studies Review

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