Citizenship in the Western Tradition

Plato to Rousseau

By Peter Riesenberg

348 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4459-5
    Published: February 1994
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6412-8
    Published: November 2000

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Awards & distinctions

1993 Annual Book Award, Missouri Conference on History

A 1994 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Intended for both general readers and students, Peter Riesenberg's instructive book surveys Western ideas of citizenship from Greek antiquity to the French Revolution. It is striking to observe the persistence of important civic ideals and institutions over a period of 2,500 years and to learn how those ideals and institutions traveled over space and time, from the ancient Mediterranean to early modern France, England, and America.

About the Author

Peter Riesenberg, professor emeritus of history at Washington University, is author of Inalienability of Sovereignty in Medieval Political Thought.
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"Balanced, erudite, and accessible."--Library Journal

"An appealing project, touching on important aspects of present-day political debate while exploiting a rich historical background. Riesenberg offers nothing short of a survey of Western thought concerning citizenship, from Greek antiquity to 1789. The use of ancient sources is impressive, as is the selection of medieval and early modern European references."--Franklin L. Ford, Harvard University