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"Routledge Classics is more than just a collection of texts...it embodies and circulates challenging ideas and keeps vital debates current and alive." – Hilary Mantel

The Routledge Classics series, with titles by Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mary Midgley, was launched in 2001. The series contains the very best of Routledge’s publishing over the past century or so, books that have, by popular consent, become established as classics in their field. Drawing on a fantastic heritage of innovative writing published by Routledge and its associated imprints, this series makes available in attractive, affordable form some of the most important works of modern times.

In 2021 we are delighted to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Routledge Classics series with the publication of fifteen stellar new titles. All include new forewords or introductions and eye-catching cover designs, a hallmark of the series.

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Stone Age Economics

Stone Age Economics

1st Edition

By Marshall Sahlins
April 20, 2017

Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively,...

The Causes of the English Revolution 1529-1642

The Causes of the English Revolution 1529-1642

1st Edition

By Lawrence Stone
April 19, 2017

Dividing the nation and causing massive political change, the English Civil War remains one of the most decisive and dramatic conflicts of English history. Lawrence Stone's account of the factors leading up to the deposition of Charles I in 1642 is widely regarded as a classic in the field. ...

The Singularity of Literature

The Singularity of Literature

1st Edition

By Derek Attridge
April 20, 2017

The Iliad and Beowulf provide rich sources of historical information. The novels of Henry Fielding and Henry James may be instructive in the art of moral living. Some go further and argue that Emile Zola and Harriet Beecher Stowe played a part in ameliorating the lives of those existing in harsh ...

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

1st Edition

By Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
October 07, 2010

‘I resolved to write a book which would create some stir in the world and continue to do after I had gone from it.’  - Choderlos de Laclos A great sensation at the time of first publication, Les Liaisons Dangereuses reads as much the most 'modern' of eighteenth-century novels. Viewed by some ...

An Actor's Work

An Actor's Work

1st Edition

By Konstantin Stanislavski
September 29, 2016

Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre. Until now, ...

Crime Control As Industry Towards Gulags, Western Style

Crime Control As Industry: Towards Gulags, Western Style

1st Edition

By Nils Christie
October 04, 2016

Crime Control As Industry, translated into many languages, is a modern classic of criminology and sociology. Nils Christie, one of the leading criminologists of his era, argues that crime control, rather than crime itself is the real danger for our future. Prison populations, especially in Russia ...

Psychological Types

Psychological Types

1st Edition

By Carl Jung
September 29, 2016

Psychological Types is one of Jung's most important and famous works. First published in English by Routledge in the early 1920s it appeared after Jung's so-called fallow period, during which he published little, and it is perhaps the first significant book to appear after his own confrontation ...

Sanity, Madness and the Family

Sanity, Madness and the Family

1st Edition

By R.D Laing, Aaron Esterson
September 30, 2016

In the late 1950s the psychiatrist R.D.Laing and psychoanalyst Aaron Esterson spent five years interviewing eleven families of female patients diagnosed as 'schizophrenic'. Sanity, Madness and the Family is the result of their work. Eleven vivid case studies, often dramatic and disturbing, reveal ...

The Philosopher's Dog

The Philosopher's Dog

1st Edition

By Raimond Gaita
September 30, 2016

In this beautifully written book Raimond Gaita tells inspirational, poignant, sometimes funny but never sentimental stories of the dogs, cats and cockatoos that lived and died within his own family. He asks fascinating questions about animals: Is it wrong to attribute the concepts of love, devotion...

Medicine, Magic and Religion

Medicine, Magic and Religion

1st Edition

By W.H.R. Rivers
May 18, 2001

One of the most fascinating men of his generation, W.H.R. Rivers was a British doctor and psychiatrist as well as a leading ethnologist. Immortalized as the hero of Pat Barker's award-winning Regeneration trilogy, Rivers was the clinician who, in the First World War, cared for the poet Siegfried ...

Michelangelo

Michelangelo

1st Edition

By Adrian Stokes
December 21, 2001

Adrian Stokes was one of the twentieth century's finest and most discriminating writers on art. Of over twenty works of art criticism, Michelangelo was considered by Lawrence Gowing to be the most complete he ever wrote, presenting an understanding of the great artist that no one subsequently could...

The Prospects of Industrial Civilization

The Prospects of Industrial Civilization

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell
August 17, 2009

First published in 1923, The Prospects of Industrial Civilization is considered the most ambitious of Bertrand Russell's works on modern society. It offers a rare glimpse into often-ignored subtleties of his political thought and in it he argues that industrialism is a threat to human freedom, ...

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