Upon publication in 1791-92, the two parts of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man proved to be both immensely popular and highly controversial. An immediate bestseller, it not only defended the French revolution but also challenged current laws, customs, and government.
The Routledge Guidebook to Paine’s Rights of Man provides the first comprehensive and fully contextualized introduction to this foundational text in the history of modern political thought, addressing its central themes, reception, and influence. The Guidebook examines:
The Routledge Guidebook to Paine’s Rights of Man is essential reading for students of eighteenth-century American and British history, politics and philosophy, and anyone approaching Paine’s work for the first time.
1. Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man Part 1, sections I-VIII
2. Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man Part 2, Preface-Chapter 3
3. Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man Part 2, Chapter 4
4. Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man Part 2, Chapter 5
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