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Political Theory, Foundational Reading List: Chronological Order


Internet ArchiveThese foundational works span more than two millennia, from antiquity with each of the selected works contributing to the overall development of Political Theory and Philosophy. With a critical reading of these titles -- some informative and inspiring, some disconcerting, perhaps disagreeable. The views expressed run the political gamut, with a dose of religiosity thrown in.  The path through these important work ultimately leads to a more comprehensive understanding of the development and evolution of the Political theories that inform our contemporary views and perspectives.

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GREEK & ROMAN 


THE REPUBLIC

Plato (427 - 347, B.C.E.) (biography)

EBook Central   subscription

Project Gutenberg, trans. By Benjamin Jowett  Open access

 


THE ATHENIAN CONSTITUTION

Aristotle (384 - 322, B.C.E)  (biography)

Project GutenbergTrans. By Frederick Kenyon  Open access 

 


THE REPUBLIC OF CICERO

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 - 43, B.C.E.) (biography)

Gutenberg ProjectTrans. By George William Featherstonhaugh  Open access 

 


MIDDLE AGES


CITY OF GOD, 2 Vols.

Aurelius Augustine, (354-430) (biography)

Vol. 1: Project Gutenberg Trans. Marcus Dods, 1871.  Open access

Vol. 2: Project Gutenberg Trans. Marcus Dods, 1871.  Open access

 


SUMMA THEOLOGICA, Parts I - II 

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1224/6—1274) (biography), 

Project GutenbergTrans. by English Dominican Province. Prepared for e-format by Sandra K. Perry  Open access

 


THE PRINCE 

Niccolo Machiavelli (1492-1527) (biography). 

Project GutenbergTrans. By W.K. Marriott.  Open access

Library Stacks, Trans. by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa.  JC 143.M38 1984  

 


DISCOURSES ON THE FIRST DECADE OF TITUS LIVIUS

Niccolo Machiavelli (1492-1527)  (biography)

Project GutenbergTrans. By Ninian Hill Thomson. Open access

 


LEVIATAN. 1651

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) (biography)

Project Gutenberg  Open access

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THE ENLIGHTENMENT


SECOND TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT, 1768

John Locke (1632-1704) (biography)

Project Gutenberg  Open access

Library Stacks JC153 .L85 1952  

 


The SPIRIT OF LAWS, in 2 Vols.

Charles -Louis de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) (biography)

Vol 1. Internet Archive. Trans by Thomas Nugent  Open access

Vol. 2. Internet Archive. Trans by Thomas Nugent  Open access

 


THE SOCIAL CONTRACT : DISCOURSES. 1768

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) (biography)

Project Gutenberg  Open access


A DISCOURSE UPON THE ORIGIN AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE INEQUALITY AMONG MANKIND.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)  (biography)

Project Gutenberg Open access

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REFLECTIONS ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 

Edmund Burke (1729-1797). (biography)

Internet Archive Open access

Library Stacks: DC150.B852  

 


COMMON SENSE

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) (biography)

Project Gutenberg.  Open access

 


The RIGHTS OF MAN

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) (biography)

EBook Central   subscription

Internet Archive  Open access

 


A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) (biography)

Internet Archive  Open access

Library Stacks: HQ1596 .W6 1971   

 


THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY


An INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS AND LEGISLATION

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) (biography)

Internet Archive  Open access


ON LIBERTY

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) (biography)

Project Gutenberg  Open access

Library Stacks: JC585 .M6 1947  

 


The MANIFESTO Of The COMMUNIST PARTY 

Karl Marx (biography) & Frederick Engels. (biography)

Marxist.net  web resource

Library Stacks: HX276 .M3 1973  

 


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) (biography)

Library Stacks,  Trans. and edited by James Strachey. BF173 .F682 1962  

 


DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, in 2 Vols., 1840.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859). (biography)

Vol. 1, Hathi Trust Digital LibraryTrans. By Henry Reeve. Open access

Vol.2,  Hathi Trust Digital LibraryTrans. By Henry Reeve.  Open access  

 


MARXISM, FREEDOM, AND THE STATE

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876) (biography)

The Anarchist Library  web resource 

 


GOD AND THE STATE

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)  (biography)

The Anarchist Library  web resource 

Library Stacks: HX833.B313  

 


The CONQUEST OF BREAD

Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) (biography)

Project Gutenberg  Open access 

Library Stacks:  HX630.K763 

 


MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONIST

Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) (biography)

The Anarchist Library  web resource 

Library Stacks: HX915.K92 1971 

 


TWENTIETH CENTURY


IMPERIALISM: The HIGHEST FORM OF CAPITALISM

V.I. Lenin (1870-1924) (biography)

Internet Archive Open access

Library Stacks: HB501.L382  

 


The WRETCHED OF THE EARTH

Frantz Fanon () (biography)

Library Stacks: DT33.F313 1968  

Internet Archive Open access


The HUMAN CONDITION 

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) (biography)

Library Stacks: HM211.A7 1998  


Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) (biography)

Library Stacks: HQ1208.B352 1971 

Internet Archive Open access


A THEORY OF JUSTICE. 1971

John Rawls (1921-2002)  (biography)

Library Stacks: JC578 .R38 2005  

 


ANARCHY, STATE, and UTOPIA

Robert Nozick (1938-2002) (biography)

Library Stacks: JC571.N68