[Marxism] LIBERTY AND PROPERTY By ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD (new from Verso)

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LIBERTY AND PROPERTY: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO ENLIGHTENMENT
By ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD

Published 20th FEBRUARY 2012

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“Immensely impressive, bold and erudite ... Meiksins Wood‘s conclusions are undeniably nuanced, challenging and important ... This book ought to be compulsory reading for us all.” – TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=404110&sectioncode=26


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The formation of the modern state, the rise of capitalism, the Renaissance and Reformation, the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment have all been attributed to the “early modern” period. Nearly everything about its history remains controversial, but one thing is certain: it left a rich andprovocative legacy of political ideas unmatched in Western history. The concepts of liberty, equality, property, human rights and revolution born in those turbulent centuries continue to shape, and to limit, political discourse today. Assessing the work and background of figures such as Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Spinoza, the Levellers, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, ELLEN WOOD vividly explores the ideas of the canonical thinkers, not as philosophical abstractions but as passionately engaged responses to the social conflicts of their day.

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Praise for CITIZENS TO LORDS:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/972-citizens-to-lords

“MEIKSINS WOOD is a rare breed – an academic with the sole of a storyteller. Highly recommended” – MORNING STAR
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/layout/set/print/content/view/full/64458

“A challenging analysis, which successfully integrates theory with historical changes. The clarity of the writing makes her account readily accessible to any reader ready to engage a fresh approach to the history of political theory.” – Sheldon Wolin

“Few historians of comparative political thought are in the same league as Ellen Wood, who surveys the whole sweep of ancient and medieval thinkers with equal magisterial brilliance of insight.” – Professor Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

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ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD, for many years Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, is the author of many books, including DEMOCRACY AGAINST CAPITALISM and, with Verso, THE PRISTINE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM, THE ORIGIN OF CAPITALISM, PEASANT-CITIZEN AND SLAVE, CITIZENS TO LORDS, EMPIRE OF CAPITAL and LIBERTY AND PROPERTY.

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ISBN: 9781844677528/ US$26.95 / £16.99 / 336 pages

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