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Politics : a very short introduction

Author: Kenneth R Minogue
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Very short introductions.
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"In this essay, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth R Minogue
ISBN: 0192853880 9780192853882
OCLC Number: 42876077
Notes: Originally published: 1995.
Description: 115 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Why despots don't belong in politics. --
The classical Greeks: how to be a citizen. --
The Romans: the real meaning of patriotism. --
Christianity and the rise of the individual. --
Constructing the modern state. --
How to analyse a modern society. --
Relations between states: how to balance power. --
The experience of politics I: how to be an activist. --
The experience of politics II: parties and doctrines. --
The experience of politics III: justice, freedom, and democracy. --
Studying politics scientifically. --
Ideology challenges politics. --
Can politics survive the twenty-first century?
Series Title: Very short introductions.
Responsibility: Kenneth Minogue.
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This is a fascinating book which sketches, in a very short space, one view of the nature of politics the reader is challenged, provoked and stimulated by Minogue's trenchant views. Ian Davies, Read more...

 
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