Political Science: some classics...

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The History of the Peloponnesian War  (Classics)
1.  The History of the Peloponnesian War (Classics) by Thucydides
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  "Thucidides, among many other things, explains us why the war between Esparta and Athens was bound to be. In this, we can also learn why Athens was great (see Pericles´ speech).,Thucidides, among many"
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Republic (Oxford World's Classics)
2.  Republic (Oxford World's Classics) by Plato
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  "Plato´s republic..."
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The Politics (Classics)
3.  The Politics (Classics) by Aristotle
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  "Aristotle explains what is, in his opinion,the origin of the polis: family,small village and then, polis. The last chronologically,the polis is all the same the most important,because it´s autarchic.,"
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The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
4.  The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) by Herodotus
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  "Herodotus gives us an account of the Persian wars.However,he also gives us a description of the different forms of government, in the conversation among Otanes,Megabyzo and Darío."
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Dante: Monarchy (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
5.  Dante: Monarchy (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Dante
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  "(1313) Dante says that there are 2 orders and 2 authorities (Church and Empire), and that the basis for that distinction is the 2 main ends men have: eternal happiness and happiness in this life."
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The Prince (Oxford World's Classics)
6.  The Prince (Oxford World's Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli
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  "He says that we can use all means to achieve our ends (in his case, he was speaking about the conservation of the state). He was a precursor of the realist method.I think he wasn´t immoral but amoral."
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Utopia (Classics of World Literature)
7.  Utopia (Classics of World Literature) by Thomas More
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  "(1516) It´s a good idea to read this book after Maquiavelo´s(same century,different books and subjects, but you cannot help but realise they have antagonic views). Ever heard the word "utopia"?"
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Hobbes: Leviathan: Revised student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
8.  Hobbes: Leviathan: Revised student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Thomas Hobbes
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  "(1651)The Leviatan is a marine monster that appears in the Bible and symbolizes power. Why use that word for the title of this book?. Read it :) , and afterwards compare Hobbes´ideas with Lockes´."
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Locke: Two Treatises of Government Student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
9.  Locke: Two Treatises of Government Student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by John Locke
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  "(1690) From different premises, a totally different conclusion. He talks, among many other things, of a division of power (Legislative, Executive and Judicial)."
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Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
10.  Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Charles de Montesquieu
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  "(1748) Great book!!!. If you can, read also "Persian letters"."
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Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract (Oxford World's Classics)
11.  Discourse on Political Economy and The Social Contract (Oxford World's Classics) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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  "(1762) After reading this book you will be astounded by the insight that Rousseau (1712-1778) showed."
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Wealth of Nations
12.  Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
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  "(1776) He tells us what should be the functions of the state (security, foreign relations, justice, etc...). He is a realist that believed that men think 1st what to do for themselves..."
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The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics)
13.  The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) by Charles Rossiter
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  "This is a compilation of articles that began to be published in 1787 (and that only appeared in book form in 1788). Their aim?: to have some influence on those discussing a new Constitution"
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Political Writings: Including the Debate Between Sieyes and Tom Paine in 1791
14.  Political Writings: Including the Debate Between Sieyes and Tom Paine in 1791 by Emmanuel Sieyes
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  "(1789) Besides being enormously important in the context it was written becouse it defended the rights of the third state, this books tell us what makes, for Sieyes, a nation."
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Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics)
15.  Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics) by Edmund Burke
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  "Edmund Burke (1790)"
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To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch
16.  To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch by Immanuel Kant
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  "(1795) Kant, and his ideas on how to achieve a "Perpetual Peace"..."
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Democracy in America
17.  Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville
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  "(1835 - 40) The best book ever regarding the United States, written by a French :)!"
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The Communist Manifesto (Oxford World's Classics)
18.  The Communist Manifesto (Oxford World's Classics) by Karl Marx
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  "(1848) The context for this manifest was the industrial revolution and its consequences. This manifest would have a great influence..."
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On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford World's Classics)
19.  On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford World's Classics) by John Stuart Mill
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  "(1859) He is one of the greatest advocates for the plurality of opinions in a world that had a great tendency towards massification"
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Protestant Ethic and Other Writings (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
20.  Protestant Ethic and Other Writings (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by WEBER
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  "(1904) Weber, in what could be considered his answer to Marx . Marx told us that the economy determines everything; Weber pointed out that other factors are also important."
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Sorel: Reflections on Violence (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
21.  Sorel: Reflections on Violence (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Georges Sorel
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  "Social myth and revolutionary syndicalism, violence as different from pure force. An ambivalent book, well worth reading..."
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The State and Revolution (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
22.  The State and Revolution (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Vladimir Lenin
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  "(1917) Lenin, on the question of the relation of the state to the social revolution, and of the social revolution to the state..."
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The Revolt of the Masses
23.  The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega Y Gasset
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  "(1930) Ortega y Gasset said here that "the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will"."
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Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy
24.  Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter
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  "(1942) Wrong conclusion (capitalism won´t survive), but but that doesn´t mean that we should overlook it --> we can learn a lot fron the author´s careful analysis..."
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