The History Of Political Literature, From The Earliest Times (volume 2)

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byRobert Blakey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855. Excerpt: ... on the whole with its cheering and satisfactory results. Looking at our own country, Great Britain, for example, what a small stock of materials our writers had to commence with, after the first dawn of the fifteenth century; how they had to grope their way amid the rudest conceptions of public right and justice; had to stem the current of deep-seated ignorance, and inveterate prejudices; and how skilfully, vigorously, and courageously, the champions of one age defended the ground gained by their predecessors. The successive races of political thinkers never flagged. Whenever a leading political thought or principle got once fairly launched on public discussion, it was never lost sight of, till it was either satisfactorily proved to be erroneous, or embodied as one of the sacred and cardinal maxims of general polity. There was an earnestness--a profound and sacred sense of duty--ever uppermost in the great mass of our political authors; and there is a great deal less of arbitrariness and venality among them, than the temptations they generally lay under might lead us to expect. There is a sincerity, openness, and unity of purpose displayed in their aggregate character, highly favourable to the steady progress of the science they cultivated, and to the consolidation of that public opinion, which was, by turns, both cause and effect of their zealous and varied labours. In the other countries of Europe, we recognise a most marked improvement in the scope and liberality of their several departments of political literature, from the commencement of the fifteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. This progressive improvement was often effected by fits and starts, and was not of such a decided and steady cast as that of Britain. Writers of continental natio...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855. Excerpt: ... on the whole with its cheering and satisfactory results. Looking at our own country, Great Britain, for example, what a small ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217589421

ISBN - 13:9780217589420

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