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A Grammar of Politics (Works of Harold J. Laski)

A Grammar of Politics (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

Laski’s magnum opus, this volume outlines the history and functions of state institutions which (in the author’s view) are desirable for the effective functioning of a democracy. Topics discussed include: The necessity of government; state and society; rights and power; liberty and equality;...

The American Democracy (Works of Harold J. Laski): A Commentary and an Interpretation

The American Democracy (Works of Harold J. Laski): A Commentary and an Interpretation

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This is Laski’s most important book after A Grammar of Politics. It discusses, on a grand scale, every aspect of American public life. Laski surveys American traditions and the American spirit, political institutions, the entire educational, religious, economic and social scene, America as a world...

An Introduction to Politics (Works of Harold J. Laski)

An Introduction to Politics (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This volume distils the themes expounded in A Grammar of Politics for the non-specialist reader. It is the best outline of Laski’s views in his transitional period....

Authority in the Modern State (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Authority in the Modern State (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

As a sequel to Studies in the Problem of Sovereignty, this volume, originally published in 1919, expands Laski’s pluralist doctrine of the state, (using France as its reference) but covers rather broader ground, since its main object is to insist that the probem of sovereignty is only a...

Communism (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Communism (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This volume bases a clear and unbiased account of Communist philosophy on the Marxian Materialist Concept of History and Marxian Theory of Value. The spear-head of Marxism is its doctrine of class-struggle and from this Laski sets out on in his exposition of the Communist attitude. Although first...

Communist Manifesto (Works of Harold J. Laski): Socialist Landmark

Communist Manifesto (Works of Harold J. Laski): Socialist Landmark

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

To mark the centenary of its first publication in 1848, the Labour Party issued this important special edition of the Communist Manifesto. In his (then) new historical introduction, harold Laski discussed the authors of the Manifesto, their background and the development of their ideas. He outlined...

The Danger of Being a Gentleman (Works of Harold J. Laski): And Other Essays

The Danger of Being a Gentleman (Works of Harold J. Laski): And Other Essays

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

An excellent and entertaining essayist, Laski’s volume deals with the issues of politics and law in Europe and American during the 1920s and 30s. It is unified by the concpetion of democracy as a society of equals sharing in a common good.  ...

Democracy in Crisis (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Democracy in Crisis (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This volume is an expanded version of the Weil lectures given at the University of North Carolina in 1931 and is one of the two texts of Laski’s quasi Marxist period....

The Dilemma of Our Times (Works of Harold J. Laski): An Historical Essay

The Dilemma of Our Times (Works of Harold J. Laski): An Historical Essay

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This book, originally published in 1952, unfinished and perhaps imperfect is the last book of one of the most acute political thinkers of the twentieth century. Laski’s earlier optimism about a swing to the Left was beginning to be reversed, and in this volume he saw the defects of his previous...

The Foundations of Sovereignty (Works of Harold J. Laski): And Other Essays

The Foundations of Sovereignty (Works of Harold J. Laski): And Other Essays

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This influential study, originally published in 1921, develops aspects of Laski's theory of the state, ideas he introduced in his first important publication, Authority in the Modern State (1919). According to Laski, the state is not a supreme entity; it is one association among many that must...

Parliamentary Government in England (Works of Harold J. Laski): A Commentary

Parliamentary Government in England (Works of Harold J. Laski): A Commentary

Harold J. Laski
October 18, 2016

This volume, originally published in 1938 can be read by anyone with an interest in the evolution of the institution of government in England and how the workings of some parts of it particularly relate to the problems of the first half of the twentieth century.  ...

Programme for Victory (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Programme for Victory (Works of Harold J. Laski)

Harold J. Laski, Harold Nicolson, Herbert Read, W. M. Macmillan, Ellen Wilkinson, G. D. H. Cole
October 18, 2016

Written two years after the commencement of the Second World War, the chapters in this book succinctly put forward the case for reorganizing the foundations of the social order, by rejecting capitalism and historical equilibrium, both in Europe and further afield in the British Empire, in favour of...

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