A History of Western Political Thought
This is an old-fashioned history of political thought. It gives an account of great texts. These texts are chosen either because they are great in themselves or because they have influenced other texts or the world. I have no particular story-line. I did try to keep one going, but it refused to work except intermittently. I began to try to write a history of political thought from the bottom up, so to speak, concentrating on the ruled as well as upon rulers. It has always struck me that there has never been enough attention paid to the nature of the people—sometimes the crowd, sometimes the mob—who are to be ruled. A particular thinker’s view of the raw material of government is bound to affect what that thinker thinks rule can and should be like.
J.S. McClelland

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