Confronting Leviathan: A History of Ideas (Hardback)
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Confronting Leviathan: A History of Ideas (Hardback)

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Published: 09/09/2021
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Based on the History Of Ideas podcast series by Talking Politics host David Runciman, A History of Ideas explores some of the most important thinkers and prominent ideas lying behind modern politics - from Hobbes to Gandhi, from democracy to patriarchy, and from revolution to lock down.

While explaining the most important and often-cited ideas of thinkers such as Constant, De Tocqueville, Marx and Engels, Hayek, MacKinnon and Fukuyama, David Runciman shows how crises - revolutions, wars, depressions, pandemics - generated these new ways of political thinking. This is a history of ideas to help make sense of what's happening today.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788167826
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


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Incredibly timely ... wonderful elegance and clarity through which complex ideas are presented ... The reader does not need to be considering the power behind lockdowns to read Confronting Leviathan. That the book helps make thinking about the state enjoyable is just the least of its many exceptional qualities ... a great guide - Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times

A brilliant introduction for anyone looking to engage with political debates beyond the headlines ... Excellent - Joshua Pugh Ginn, Herald

A studiously accessible work - Times Higher Education

Praise for How Democracy Ends: Presented in pellucid prose free of the jargon of academic political science, How Democracy Ends is a strikingly readable and richly learned contribution to understanding the world today ... surely one of the most luminously intelligent books on politics to have been published for many years. - John Gray, New Statesman

Bracingly intelligent ... a wonderful read - Mark Mazower, Guardian

Full of intriguing new lines of thought - Gideon Rachman, FT

Clear-headed, compact and timely - Irish Times

Refreshingly free of received and rehearsed wisdoms, Runciman doesn't tiptoe around sacred cows and invites us to take part in that most adult way of thinking: to examine contradictory ideas in tandem and ponder what the dissonance amounts to. . . . [H]e argues lucidly, persuasively, even exhilaratingly at times. The nightly news will never appear exactly the same again - Australian

Refreshingly, rather than a knicker-twisting diatribe about Trump and Brexit, Runciman offers a thoughtful analysis about what popular democracy means, and its alternatives - Katrina Gulliver, Spectator

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