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