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The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

1st Edition

By Bob Pepperman Taylor


224 pages

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Since its publication in 1849, Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience has influenced protestors, activists and political thinkers all over the world. Including the full text of Thoreau’s essay, The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience explores the context of his writing, analyses different interpretations of the text and considers how posthumous edits to Civil Disobedience have altered its intended meaning. It introduces the reader to:

  • the context of Thoreau’s work and the background to his writing
  • the significance of the references and allusions
  • the contemporary reception of Thoreau’s essay
  • the ongoing relevance of the work and a discussion of different perspectives on the work.

Providing a detailed analysis which closely examines Thoreau’s original work, this is an essential introduction for students of politics, philosophy and history, and all those seeking a full appreciation of this classic work.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Reading Civil Disobedience 3. Interpretations 4. Problems in Political Philosophy 5. Thoreau and American Political Thought 6. Text of Civil Disobedience Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Bob Pepperman Taylor is based in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont.

About the Series

The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

The Routledge Guides to the Great Books provide ideal introductions to the texts which have shaped Western Civilization. The Guidebooks explore the arguments and ideas contained in the most influential works from some of the most brilliant thinkers who have ever lived, from Aristotle to Marx and Newton to Wollstonecraft. Each Guidebook opens with a short introduction to the author of the great book and the context within which they were working and concludes with an examination of the lasting significance of the book. The Routledge Guides to the Great Books will therefore provide students everywhere with complete introductions to the most significant books of all time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General