A major actor in the American Revolution, English intellectual Thomas Paine (1737–1809) is remembered especially for his pamphlet Common Sense (1776; also reissued in this series), which advocates America's independence from Great Britain. Paine was a dedicated reformer, who also lent his support to the French Revolution. First published in 1791, Rights of Man was sparked by the publication of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), and the fourth edition is reissued here. Paine argues that revolution is legitimate against a government that fails to protect its people and their essential rights. The second part was published in 1792, and develops concrete measures for political reform, proposing novel concepts such as political representation and tax reform to benefit the poor. Extremely influential and controversial in its own day, this book provides a critique of authoritarian governments and a very modern practical political philosophy.
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- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108048439
- length: 374 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface to the English edition
'Rights of Man, etc. etc.'
'Observations on the Declaration of Rights'. Volume 2: To M de la Fayette
1. Of society and civilization
2. Of the origin of the present old government
3. Of the new and old systems of government
4. Of constitutions
5. Ways and means of reforming the political condition of Europe, interspersed with miscellaneous observations
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