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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Political Thought in the Age of Revolution 1776-1848

Burke to Marx

ISBN 9780230272101
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series European Culture and Society

The years between the American Revolution of 1776, the French Revolution of 1789 and the European Revolutions of 1848 saw fundamental shifts from autocracy to emerging democracy. It is a vital period in what may be termed 'modernity': that is of the western societies that are increasingly industrial, capitalist and liberal democratic. Unsurprisingly, these years of stress and transition produced some significant reflections on politics and society.

This indispensable introductory text considers how a cluster of key thinkers viewed the global political upheavals and social changes of their time, covering the work of:
• Edmund Burke               * Georg Hegel
• Thomas Paine               * Alexis de Tocqueville
• Jeremy Bentham            * Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Lively and approachable, it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in modern history, political history or political thought.

MICHAEL LEVIN is Emeritus Reader in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

The Historical Context
Modern Society and Modern Thought
Edmund Burke
Thomas Paine
Jeremy Bentham
Georg Hegel
Alexis de Tocqueville
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
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A comprehensive, stimulating, well-written and scholarly but accessible account of the main strands of European political thinking between 1776 and 1848.' - Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway University of London,
'The book is well written and informed. It is aimed primarily at undergraduate students taking courses in the history of ideas and political thought, but its style makes it accessible to a wider readership. Overall, the book achieves its objectives.' - Political Studies Review
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