• No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all 'democracies' allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.

    This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, from ancient Greece and Rome through the American, French, and Russian revolutions, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world. It argues that democracy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for good government, and that ideas of the rule of law, and of human rights, should in some situations limit democratic claims.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all 'democracies' allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.

    This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, from ancient Greece and Rome through the American, French, and Russian revolutions, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world. It argues that democracy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for good government, and that ideas of the rule of law, and of human rights, should in some situations limit democratic claims.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • « Il n'y a pas un seul écrivain dont l'oeuvre pourrait nous être d'un usage pratique plus urgent et plus immédiat. » Ainsi Simon Leys parlait-il d'Orwell, qualifiant par ailleurs la biographie que Bernard Crick lui a consacrée de « magistrale et définitive ». À ce jour, en effet, aucune étude sur Orwell n'est parvenue à proposer une vision de l'homme et de sa pensée politique plus complète et pénétrante.

    Cet ouvrage de référence retrace un itinéraire hors du commun, en particulier le contexte historique de son oeuvre et sa difficile réception, à une époque où faire preuve de liberté et de lucidité était impardonnable. La vie courte mais exceptionnellement riche de George Orwell montre qu'il était possible pour un intellectuel de parcourir la première moitié du XXe siècle en s'opposant d'un même mouvement à l'imposture du totalitarisme et aux ravages du capitalisme.

  • George orwell, une vie

    Bernard Crick

    George Orwell, une vie est la biographie de référence sur l'homme et l'intellectuel George Orwell. Elle est aujourd'hui proposée à l'occasion du centième anniversaire de la naissance de l'auteur de 1984.
    «L'esprit analytique de Crick, associé à sa parfaite connaissance du contexte historique, en fait le guide idéal, permettant au lecteur de suivre pas à pas le chemin tortueux de son paradoxal héros. » Arthur Koestler, the Observer.

  • Active Citizenship gathers a group of political actors and academics who believe a radically more active citizenship is a worthy aim. They spell out how it can be achieved in their particular area of concern, looking at the obstacles and how they might be overcome. Together, they shows us how we can realise the dream of a citizen culture and what benefits it would bring for democracy in the UK.Bernard Crick's first and final essays set the tone, respectively, on Civic Republicanism Today and Political Identity. Other contributors consider active citizenship in relation to: Labour Government Policy (David Blunkett and Matthew Taylor); Scottish Devolution (George Reid); Public Services (David Donnison); Gender Equality (Rhona Fitzgerald); Schools (Pamela Munn); Multiculturalism (Dina Kiwan); Integrating Immigrants (Elizabeth Meehan); Lifelong Learning (John Annette); Europe and International Understanding (Derek Heater); Young People (Andrew Lockyer) and Scottish Independence (Kevin Francis).

  • Biographie de George Orwell, auteur du célèbre roman d'anticipation«1984», et analyse de sa pensée politique.

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