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Political Theory

Books on Political Theory in the OLL collection

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John Locke (1632-1704) Edmund Burke (1729-1797) John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Political Thought is one of the strengths in the Online Library of Liberty collection. We have gathered a broad range of material stretching back to the ancient world in order to show how ideas about limited and constitutional government have evolved. There is a strong concentration of material from the 18th and 19th centuries when revolutions in America and Europe, designed to create such limited constitutional government, took place. The material on the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers is particularly rich.

The OLL has the complete works of many major political theorists (many of which are older editions and thus are not as “complete” as some modern editions), such as Plato, Tacitus, James Harrington, John Locke, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and Alexander Hamilton. It has the selected works of many others, such as Aristotle, Cicero, Thomas Hobbes, John Milton, Immanuel Kant, Edmund Burke, Richard Cobden, John Stuart Mill, and Herbert Spencer.

See also the extracts, chapters, and introductions in the Political Thought section of the Ideas page.

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