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The History of Political Thought: A Very Short Introduction

Richard Whatmore

November 2021

ISBN: 9780198853725

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Richard Whatmore examines the diverse, interconnected relationships between political history, theory, and action. Considering the work of Michel Foucalt, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner and other key theorists, this book highlights the connections between past and present political systems, and the ongoing relevance of the field today.

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Richard Whatmore examines the diverse, interconnected relationships between political history, theory, and action. Considering the work of Michel Foucalt, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner and other key theorists, this book highlights the connections between past and present political systems, and the ongoing relevance of the field today.

  • Provides an overview of the history of political thought
  • Assesses the interconnected relationships between political history, theory, and action
  • Draws upon the work of key theorists such as Michel Foucault, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, Hannah Arednt, and Judith Shklar, amongst others
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Richard Whatmore, Professor of Modern History and Co- Director of the Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews

Richard Whatmore is a Professor of Modern History and Co-Director of the Institute of Intellectual History at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Republicanism and the French Revolution (OUP, 2000); Against War and Empire (Yale, 2012); What is Intellectual History? (Polity, 2015); and Terrorists, Anarchists and Republicans (Princeton, 2019).

Table of Contents

    1:Political thought: a brief history
    2:History and political philosophy: Arendt, Oakeshott, and Rawls
    3:Political thought and extremism: Koselleck
    4:Political thought in North America: Strauss
    5:Political thought and the history of liberty: Foucault
    6:Political theorists as historians: The Cambridge School
    7:The History of Political Thought and Present Politics
    Further Reading
    Index

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