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DISCOURSES ON GOVERNMENT. TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, AND A COPIUS INDEX

Sidney, Algernon


Item #: 3579

Pages: 3v.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2002.

Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED KINGDOM

The Discourses is one of the earliest modern statements ofrepublican ideals. Sidney asserts that a king's authorityis granted by parliament, which has the additional power todepose him, indeed a controversial idea during theRestoration period. Thomas Jefferson, one of the severalindividuals influenced by this text, described it as "...probably the best elementary book of the principles ofgovernment, as founded in natural right which has ever beenpublished in any language; and it is much to be desired insuch a government as ours that it should be put into thehands of our youth as soon as their minds are sufficientlymatured for that branch of study." (Sowerby).Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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