Originally published in 1939, this book was intended as a guide to political theory intelligible to the common reader, with quotations from the original sources sufficiently extensive to enable them to sample for themselves the ‘taste’ and ‘colour’ of these writings. This history of theory has been placed against brief descriptions, as background, of the civilization of the times, as the reader passes down the avenues of thought from age to age. It is a history of political thought set against the background of the history of civilization, but that thought is also displayed in the setting of the characteristics and biographies of the thinkers, whose minds we search and whom we seek to know familiarly, however long ago gone to dust.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Illustrations. Part 1. 1. Introductory 2. Plato 3. Aristotle 4. The Hellenistic Age and the Coming of Rome 5. The Roman Law and the Christian Fathers 6. The Middle Ages 7. Renaissance and Reformation 8. Thomas Hobbes Part 2. 9. Locke and the Social Contract 10. The American and French Revolutions: Montesquieu, Jefferson, Burke and Paine 11. The Early Utilitarians: Jeremy Bentham 12. The Later Utilitarians: James and John Stuart Mill 13. Individualists and Anarchists Part 3. 14. Jean Jacques Rousseau 15. Georg Hegel 16. The Post-Hegelian Conservatives: Carlyle to Bosanquet 17. The Post-Hegelian Conservatives: Treitschke 18. Marx and His Predecessors 19. Kautsky, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin 20. Laski and Strachey 21. Internationalism and Fascism: Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler Part 4. 22. Conclusion and Prospect. Index.
George E. G. Catlin