Ten Political Ideas that Have Changed the World

Ten Political Ideas that Have Changed the World

by Sanford Lakoff


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Ten Political Ideas that Have Changed the World by Sanford Lakoff

At a time when political labels are hurled carelessly in the public square, Sanford Lakoff provides a careful and highly accessible introduction to ten political ideas that have shaped modern thinking. Each chapter traces the history and examines the meaning of one of these ideas, clarifying its meaning and impact by examining its history and interpretation. By explaining what these ideas have come to mean, both those we may endorse and those we may deplore, Lakoff challenges readers' preconceptions and promotes critical thinking about the big questions of politics. The result will appeal to all readers interested in the history of political ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442212015
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sanford Lakoff is Dickeson Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as founding chair of his department. He has received accolades for teaching and the Chancellor's Associates Award for promoting discussion of public affairs. He taught previously at Harvard, Stony Brook, and the University of Toronto, and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Rochester, MIT, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Lakoff is the author of numerous book and scholarly articles on the history of political thought and relations of science and government including, Equality in Political Philosophy, Democracy, Max Lerner, and A Glossary of Political Ideas.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 Christianity and Equality 1

2 Civic Humanism 25

3 Liberalism 39

4 Conservatism 79

5 Socialism 109

6 Nationalism 131

7 Fascism 153

8 Realism in Foreign Policy 173

9 Islamism 191

10 Democracy 207

Epilogue: Albion, Rome, and Athens: America as a State of Mind 229

Bibliography 247

Index 259

About the Author 269

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Kenneth L. Deutsch

Sanford Lakoff presents all of the major concepts and movements of political thought and discourse. many pages in this magisterial work are very wise, lively, and positively inspire critical thinking about the big questions of politics.

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