Theories of Tyranny: From Plato to Arendt

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Political Science
 

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Contents

Plato The Political Psychology of Tyranny
25
Aristotle Tyranny as Unnatural
49
Tacitus Tyranny as a Politics of Pretense
85
Machiavelli Defeating Princely Tyrannies
111
Montesquieus Two Theories of Despotism Fearing Monarchs and Merchants
167
Tocqueville The Pleasures of Servitude
201
Marx Despotism of Class and Workplace
237
Freud The Reproduction of Tyranny
285
Weber The Inevitability of Bureaucratic Domination
327
Fromm Neumann and Arendt Three Early Interpretations of Nazi Germany
381
Thinking About Tyranny
455
Afterword
473
Index
477
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About the author (2010)

Roger Boesche was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 24, 1948. He received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He began teaching at Occidental College in 1977 and retired in 2017. An expert on political theory and history, he wrote several books including Theories of Tyranny: From Plato to Arendt and The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 15. After more than a dozen surgeries, he was told by one doctor not to expect to live past 60. He died in his sleep on May 23, 2017 at the age of 69.

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