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By John Hoffman

This booklet covers alphabetically either the key strategies in political thought and the major writers within the box. whereas making sure accuracy and objectivity, the entries characterize interpretations which are either not easy and fascinating. the basis underlying the publication is that politics can't be studied with out concept, within which case the extra concrete and suitable the speculation, the higher. providing conception in an summary type makes it daunting for college kids who can locate it tricky to work out the hyperlinks among idea and perform. The definitions during this word list consequently relate political rules to political realities (i.e. daily controversies) in an try to cause them to as energetic, stimulating and available as attainable. phrases are chosen dependent upon the strategies such a lot usually utilized in educating.

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It could be argued that it is wrong to assume that people are religious by nature. Early peoples practised magic in which they commanded nature to act, rather than religion in which nature or spiritual forces are worshipped. Religion is of the utmost importance in understanding politics and the state. Ancient Greeks, for example, believed in multiple gods who had obvious human strengths and weaknesses, but with the rise of monotheism, it is believed that a single god creates the world. In the medieval world, access to this god was confined to the few and some believed that holy texts were the word of god, written in a particular language that only the learned could understand.

Conservatives were fond of branding their liberal opponents democrats, on the grounds that liberal principles had egalitarian implications. Yet early liberals supported property rather than universal political rights, and it was only in the mid-nineteenth century that liberals like James Mill and Bentham began to make a cautious case for universal suffrage. Although new liberals like Hobhouse appeared to be supporters of democracy, they agonised over support for imperialism and wanted restrained legislatures.

The founding fathers of the US Constitution are better described as liberal republicans rather than democrats, and although Tocqueville called his classic work Democracy in America (1835–40), it was an analysis of a liberal rather than a democratic culture. Conservatives were fond of branding their liberal opponents democrats, on the grounds that liberal principles had egalitarian implications. Yet early liberals supported property rather than universal political rights, and it was only in the mid-nineteenth century that liberals like James Mill and Bentham began to make a cautious case for universal suffrage.

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