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John Pocock is arguably the most original and imaginative historian of ideas of modern times. Over the past half century he has created an audience for his work which is truly global, and he has marked the way in which the history of political thought is studied as deeply and personally as any historian of the period. The essays in this major new collection are selected from a lifetime of thinking about political thought, and how we should study it in history. What in fact does it mean to write the history of a political society, and what kind of political thought is this? Professor Pocock emphasises both the theory and practice of political thought considered as action in history, and the political theory of historiography considered as a form of political thought. Together these essays constitute a collection that any serious student of politics and intellectual history needs to possess.Read more
- World famous author
- Compiles the major methodological statements in political thought over the last 40 years
- Pocock is a massively influential thinker in the field of the history of ideas and so this is a very important work
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"Pocock's most notable qualities, his wide-ranging erudition, his humour, his commitment to a humane political life, are all on display in abundance in these essays."
Canadian Journal of Political Science, Kenneth McIntyre, Concordia UniversitySee more reviews
"The connections Pocock draws between history, citizenship and identity offer promising new directions of further research into the power of 'storytelling' and 'myth-making.'"
The Review of Politics, Lisa Pace Vetter
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- Date Published: February 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521714068
- length: 298 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Political Thought as History:
1. The history of political thought: a methodological enquiry
2. Working on ideas in time
3. Verbalizing a political act: towards a politics of speech
4. Political ideas as historical events
political philosophers as historical actors
5. The reconstruction of discourse: towards the historiography of political thought
6. The concept of a language and the metier d'historien: some considerations on practice
7. Texts as events: reflections on the history of political thought
8. Quentin Skinner: the history of politics and the politics of history
Part II. History as Political Thought:
9. The origins of study of the past: a comparative approach
10. Time, institutions and action: an essay on traditions and their understanding
11. The historian as political actor in polity, society and academy
12. The politics of history: the subaltern and the subversive
13. The politics of historiography.
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