Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings

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OUP Oxford, Jul 16, 1998 - Literary Collections - 544 pages
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`An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot . . . it will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer.' Thomas Paine was the first international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776) was the most widely read pamphlet of the American Revolution; his Rights of Man (1791-2) was the most famous defence of the French Revolution and sent out a clarion call for revolution throughout the world. He paid the price for his principles: he was outlawed in Britain, narrowly escaped execution in France, and was villified as an atheist and a Jacobin on his return to America. Paine loathed the unnatural inequalities fostered by the hereditary and monarchical systems. He believed that government must be by and for the people and must limit itself to the protection of their natural rights. But he was not a libertarian: from a commitment to natural rights he generated one of the first blueprints for a welfare state, combining a liberal order of civil rights with egalitarian constraints. This collection brings together Paine's most powerful political writings from the American and French revolutions in the first fully annotated edition of these works. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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One of the premier writers during the revolutionary crisis. Paine's Common Sense alone is worth buying this volume, but to have a collection of his other writings as well is a great bonus. Read full review

Contents

COMMON SENSE
1
AMERICAN CRISIS I
61
AMERICAN CRISIS XIII
72
LETTER TO JEFFERSON
79
RIGHTS OF MAN
83
RIGHTS OF MAN Part the Second
199
INTRODUCTION
210
CHAPTER I Of Society and Civilization
214
CHAPTER IV Of Constitutions
238
CHAPTER V Ways and Means of reforming the political Condition of Europe interspersed with Miscellaneous Observations
263
Appendix
327
LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE ADDRESSERS ON THE LATE PROCLAMATION
333
DISSERTATION ON THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT
385
AGRARIAN JUSTICE
409
Abbreviations
435
Index
497

CHAPTER II Of the Origin of the present old Governments
220
CHAPTER III Of the new and old Systems of Government
223

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Author of Paine in Past Masters, Mark Philp is Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Oriel College, Oxford.

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