Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political by Ellen Meiksins Wood

By Ellen Meiksins Wood

A significant new heritage of Western political concept because it developed via clash and communities.

In this groundbreaking paintings, Ellen Meiksins wooden rewrites the background of political idea. She lines the improvement of the Western culture from classical antiquity via to the center a long time within the viewpoint of social history—a major departure not just from the normal summary background of rules but additionally from different contextual methods.

Treating canonical thinkers as passionately engaged people, wooden examines their rules now not easily within the context of political languages yet as artistic responses to the social relatives and conflicts in their time and position. She identifies a particular relation among estate and kingdom in Western heritage and indicates how the canon, whereas principally the paintings of contributors or consumers of dominant periods, used to be formed via advanced interactions between vendors, employees and states. Western political conception, Wodd argues, owes a lot of its power, and likewise many ambiguities, to those complicated and sometimes contradictory relations.

From the traditional Greek polis of Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus and Sophocles, throughout the Roman Republic of Cicero and the Empire of St Paul and St Augustine, to the medieval international of Averroes, Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, Citizens to Lords offers a wealthy, dynamic exploration of thinkers and ideas that experience indelibly stamped our glossy international.

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