A Brief History of Citizenship

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Edinburgh University Press, 2004 - Citizenship - 155 pages
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An introductory survey of the history of the principles and practice of citizenship, based on the premise that the current conditions and debates about citizenship cannot be fully understood without a knowledge of the historical background.This is provided through an analytical narrative of the functioning of citizenship and the major theorists from Sparta to the present day, including quotations from key texts. In addition the reader is asked to consider, based on the historical evidence presented, how citizenship differs from other forms of socio-political identity. In particular the commonly-held assumption that citizenship and nationality are synonymous is questioned on the grounds of historical experience and the difficulties it raises.Assuming no background knowledge, this is an ideal introduction to the history of citizenship.Key Features:*Fills a gap in the market by covering a neglected facet of the subject of Citizenship: its history*Comprehensive coverage, yet brief and easy-to-read*Combines narrative, analysis and quotations from key texts to offer a stimulating history of Citizenship

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Derek Heater, previously a teacher at school-level, adult education and in institutions of higher education, has, since 1983, enjoyed a successful career as a writer. His most recent publications include What is Citizenship? (1999), World Citizenship: Cosmopolitan Thinking and its Opponents (2002), A History of Education for Citizenship (2003), Citizenship: The Civic Ideal in World History, Politics and Education (3rd edn, 2004), and A Brief History of Citizenship (2004).

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