This comprehensive volume contains many of the most important texts in western political and social thought from the sixteenth to the end of the nineteenth century. A number of key works, including Machiavelli’s The Prince, Locke’s Second Treatise, and Rousseau’s The Social Contract, are included in their entirety. Alongside these central readings are a diverse range of texts from authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, and Henry David Thoreau. The editors have made every effort to include translations that are both readable and reliable. Each selection has been painstakingly annotated, and each figure is given a substantial introduction highlighting his or her major contributions within the tradition. The result is a ground-breaking anthology with unparalleled pedagogical benefits.
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought is also available as a single volume of Essential Readings, covering the full historical span of Western social and political thought from ancient Greece to the 21st Century.
Comments on The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought
“This is a wonderful collection, with great introductory essays. … We should all be grateful to the editors for selecting and contextualizing so rich a body of materials.” —Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University
“The selections are broader than in other works I have seen. … The annotation is, as advertised, fuller than is usual in such works, and consistently helpful. … All in all, this is an impressive work—by far the best political anthology I have seen.” —George Klosko, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, University of Virginia
“Quite simply, this is a fantastic anthology. It includes not just the standard readings from the western canon but also important ones left out of most anthologies, including several by women. The anthology includes concise, accurate, and extremely helpful introductions, which include, uniquely, a discussion of ‘common misperceptions’ of each work. These introductions are perfectly pitched for an undergraduate audience.” —Darren Walhof, Grand Valley State University