Review by Choice Review
The editors have produced a remarkable reference work that deserves to be on the shelf of all academic libraries. It is likely the best single-volume work that concerns the political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. It consists of 5 parts and contains 28 essays. The first part considers liberal democracy and its opponents. The first three chapters consider the rise and development of liberal democracy during the past two centuries. Substantive essays that consider nationalism, fascism, conservatism, and Christian democracy follow. This section also includes essays on the antitotalitarian literature of the 20th century and an essay on the criticism and modification of the welfare state. Part 2 considers varieties of Marxism throughout Western Europe and Asia. Part 3 contains seven essays on the interaction between science and contemporary political theory. Part 4 examines newer social movements in chapters on pacifism, feminism, identity politics, and environmentalism. Part 5 includes two chapters on political thought outside the West. The essays are models of careful scholarship that demonstrate understanding of political theory as well as knowledge of the historical circumstances. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Coulter Grove City College
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