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  • Page extent: 768 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.29 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320.5/09/04
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JA83 .C25 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Political science--History--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521563543 | ISBN-10: 0521563542)

DOI: 10.2277/0521563542

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published August 2003

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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, first published in 2003, 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 organisation occasioned by the rise of a 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 posed to the state by globalisation. 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.

• The latest volume in the acclaimed Cambridge History of Political Thought series • Contributors are leading academics from throughout the scholarly world • Genuinely comprehensive and up-to-date in coverage, with a truly international scope


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.


'… provides an interesting and wide-ranging analysis. The list of contributors is impressive … useful biographies and an excellent bibliography are also provided in the closing pages … there are some notable innovations … It should make a useful addition to any social science or humanities library …' International Affairs

'The task in hand is succinct exposition laced with perspicuous evaluation. In their own terms, most of the contributors succeed admirably.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… an impressive work of reference, accompanied by a 57-page bibliography and handy biographical sketches of 180 leading thinkers … 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.' Economist


Michael Freeden, Wayne Parsons, Richard Bellamy, James Mayall, Stanley G. Payne, Noel O'Sullivan, Mario Caciagli, Jeffrey C. Isaac, Robert E. Goodin, Dick Geary, Neil Harding, David McLellan, Sunil Khilnani, Melissa Lane, Peter Dews, Antonino Palumbo, Alan Scott, Paul Roazen, Walter L. Adamson, James Farr, David Miller, Richard Dagger, Martin Ceadal, Susan James, James Tully, Terence Ball, Bhikhu Parekh, Salwa Ismail, Steven Lukes

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