Series: Political Theory Today 190 x 124mm | 140 pages | April 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-1641-4 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1642-1 £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 ebook available
Should Current Generations Make Reparation for Slavery? JANNA THOMPSON
During the age of empire, European and American colonists perpetrated one of history’s most monstrous crimes: slavery. Millions of Africans were subjected to forced abduction, misery, and death as part of the brutal Atlantic slave trade. However, since the perpetrators are long dead, should current generations make reparation for this historic injustice? In this book, Janna Thompson uses three case studies – France’s treatment of Haiti, Britain’s role in the African slave trade, and the plight of African Americans – to address these questions. She makes a nuanced case for the necessity of reparations, but argues that the exact form they take should vary from case to case, depending on factors both principled and practical. This engaging book is a highly readable introduction to the issues for students and general readers grappling with the complexities of reparative justice and our responsibility for the darkest aspects of our past. JANNA THOMPSON is a professorial fellow in the Politics and Philosophy Department at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Series: Classic Thinkers 229 x 152mm | 200 pages | September 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-1887-6 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1888-3 £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90 ebook available
Alexis de Tocqueville JAMES T. SCHLEIFER
Alexis de Tocqueville is one of history’s greatest analysts of American society and politics. His contributions to political theory and sociology are of enduring significance. This book, from one of the world’s leading experts, is a clearly written introduction to Tocqueville’s thought. Schleifer guides readers through his two major works, Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution, as well as his correspondence and other writings. He examines Tocqueville’s essential themes, from equality and democracy to liberty and revolution, combining a skillful exposition of Tocqueville’s analysis of the beneficial and harmful consequences of democracy with discussion of his often overlooked economic ideas and social reform proposals. Schleifer traces both the overall unity and development of Tocqueville’s ideas, demonstrating the importance of his legacy. It will be essential reading for all scholars, students and general readers interested in the history of political thought, political theory, American politics and sociology. JAMES T. SCHLEIFER is emeritus Dean of the Library and Professor of History at the College of New Rochelle.