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Political Science

Political Science Collection

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Political Parties Collection

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World Politics Collection

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Political Campaigns Collection

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Voting Collection

Nearly 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Voting.

Democracy and Social Ethics

Addams, Jane
Macmillan 1902        Dewey Dec.    303

Contents: Charitable effort; Filial relations: Household adjustment; Industrial amelioration; Educational methods; Political reform. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Contents: Charitable effort — Filial relations — Household adjustment — Industrial amelioration — Educational methods — Political reform.

Selected Articles on Events & Issues in the 21st Century

The Movement and the Sixties

Protest in America from Greensboro to Wounded Knee

Anderson, Terry H.
Oxford 1995        Dewey Dec.    303

“It began in 1960 with the Greensboro sit-ins. By 1973, when a few Native Americans rebelled at Wounded Knee and the U.S. Army came home from Vietnam, it was over. In between came Freedom Rides, Port Huron, the Mississippi Summer, Berkeley, Selma, Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Black Power, the Chicago Convention, hippies, Brown Power, and Women’s Liberation–The Movement–in an era that became known as The Sixties. Why did millions of Americans become activists; why did they take to the streets?
These are questions Terry Anderson explores in The Movement and The Sixties, a searching history of the social activism that defined a generation of young Americans and that called into question the very nature of “America.” Drawing on interviews, “underground” manuscripts colleceted at campuses and archives throughout the nation, and many popular accounts, Anderson begins with Greensboro and reveals how one event built upon another and exploded into the kaleidoscope of activism by the early 1970s.” -Publisher

Contents: [Pt. 1] The first wave: the surge, 1960-1968 — The struggle — The movement and the sixties generation — Days of decision — 1968: rip tides — [Pt. 2] The second wave: the crest, 1968 to the early 1970s — Counterculture — Power and liberation — The movement toward a new America — Legacies: The sea change.

New Encyclopedia of Social Reform …

Including all Social-Reform Movements and Activities, and the Economic, Industrial, and Sociological Facts and Statistics of all Countries and All Social Subjects

Bliss, W: D. P. ed.
Funk 1908        Dewey Dec.    303 Rf

Brief and clear statement of nearly every important reform movement of our age. By specialists and containing brief bibliographies. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
“A useful popular work, intended for the general reader, not for the special student. Principal articles are by specialists and are signed, short articles are unsigned. Bibliographies are brief and refer principally to works in English. Contains many biographical sketches, including some of living men.” – Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

The Peril of the Republic; Are We Facing Revolution in the United States?

Brewer, Daniel Chauncey
NY: Putnam’s Sons 1922        Dewey Dec.    303

Social Movements of the 1960s: searching for democracy

Burns, Stewart
Twayne 1990        Dewey Dec.    303

“America was irrevocably changed by the 1960s civil rights, anti-war and feminist movements. This study examines them side by side, revealing their interdependence, common grassroots origins and cumulative impact. Burns clarifies how the struggle for black equality helped empower other causes and how the New Left gave rise to the peace movements as it fueled the tumultuous counterculture. He traces the history of each movement and makes conclusions about leadership, electoral politics and coalition-building.” -Publisher

Contents: We shall all be free — Everything is possible — Sisterhood is powerful — Bearing fruit — Readiness is all.

American Values: Opposing Viewpoints

Hurley, Jennifer A.
Greenhaven 2000        Dewey Dec.    306

“Essays from conservative and liberal viewpoints debate moral relativism, capitalism, religion, violence, pop culture, and even shame and character.” Booklist

Contents: Capitalism promotes positive values / Theodore Forstmann — Capitalism does not promote positive values / David Hilfiker — Religion is essential to a moral society / Philip Yancey — Religion is not essential to a moral society / Dave Matson — Society’s well-being depends upon the traditional family / Jean Bethke Elshtain — Society’s well-being does not depend upon the traditional family / Arlene Skolnick and Stacey Rosencrantz — America faces a moral crisis / William J. Bennett — America does not face a moral crisis / James A. Morone — Popular culture is in decline / Herbert I. London — Popular culture is not in decline / Tyler Cowen — Consumerism pervades American society / David Klepper — Consumerism can be a positive force / James B. Twitchell — The media glamorize violence / Gregg Easterbrook — The media are unfairly criticized / Danny Goldberg — Advertising demeans American values / Marylaine Block — Advertising is important to consumers / John Hood — Shame deters immoral behavior / James B. Twitchell — Shame is a form of censorship / Carl F. Horowitz — The government should legislate morality / David A. Pendleton — The government should not legislate morality / Charley Reese — Public schools should provide character education / Sanford N. McDonnell — Public schools should not provide character education / Don Feder

Books on U.S. Government, Public Policy, City Management, Social Security

Brave New World Revisited

Huxley, Aldous
Harper 1958        Dewey Dec.    303

“In response to his 1932 novel “Brave New World”, Huxley reconsiders his prophecies and fears that some of these may be coming true much sooner than he thought.” – Oxford Comp. to Eng. Lit.

An Introduction to Political Science

Jacobsohn, John
Wadsworth 1998        Dewey Dec.    320

“This text provides readers with comprehensive coverage of all major political science topics, with an especially strong focus on theory and thorough coverage of comparative institutions and international political systems. The text emphasizes the role of society in political science.” -Publisher

Contents: 1 Introduction-Political Science – 2 The Organization of Society – 3 The Greeks – 4 Romans and Medieval Political Thought – 5 The Social Contract Theorist – 6 Karl Marx – 7 Society and Politics – 8 Public Opinion – 9 Leadership – 10 Voters 11 Elections and Electoral Systems – 12 Pressure Groups – 13 Political Parties – 14 Law and Policy – 15 Parliamentary and Presidential Systems of Government – 16 The Legislature – 17 Bureaucracy – 18 Administration – 19 The Judiciary – 20 International Relations – 21 Global Regimes, The United Nations, and the State

Political Science Research Methods

Johnson, Janet Buttolph and Joslyn, Richard A.
CQ 1991        Dewey Dec.    320

“An introduction to the basic tools of political science research. Six case studies highlight important aspects of the research process, and illustrate how scholars employ research methods in their studies of politics. New material includes studies of Western media influence on print news in non-Western countries, and political control of federal bureaucracies.” -Publisher

American Ideals, and other Essays, Social and Political

Roosevelt, Theodore
Putnam 1897        Dewey Dec.    306

Other essays: True Americanism; The manly virtues and practical politics; The college graduate and public life; Phases of state legislation; Machine politics in New York City; Six years of civil service reform; Administering the New York police force; The vice-presidency and the campaign of 1896; How not to help our poorer brother; The Monroe doctrine; Washington’s forgotten maxim; National life and character; Social evolution; The law of civilization and decay. – Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

The Strenuous Life; Essays and Addresses

Roosevelt, Theodore
Century 1901        Dewey Dec.    306

Much healthy idealism tempered by common sense. He stands for sound education of mind and body, for moderation, for the virtues of private life in politics, and for a genuine national spirit. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
Other essays: Expansion and peace; Latitude and longitude among reformers; Fellow feeling as a political factor; Civic helpfulness; Character and success; The eighth and ninth commandments in politics; The best and the good; Promise and performance; The American boy; Military preparedness and unpreparedness; Admiral Dewey; Grant; Manhood and statehood; Brotherhood and the heroic virtues; National duties; The labor question; Christian citizenship – Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

Books on Social Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Political Science: an Introduction

Roskin, Michael G. et al.
Prentice Hall 2000        Dewey Dec.    320

“Balancing practical and theoretical knowledge, Political Science is a comprehensive and jargon-free introduction to the field’s basic concepts and themes. This bestselling brief book uses diverse real-world examples to show readers the value of avoiding simplifications in politics, the relevance of government, and the importance of participation. Written from Mike Roskin’s unique and engaging point-of-view, Political Science remains the best at providing the clear explanations, practical applications, and current examples that will welcome readers to a vital field of study.” -Publisher

The Post-American World

Zakaria, Fareed
Norton 2008        Dewey Dec.    303

“In this international bestseller, Fareed Zakaria describes “the rise of the rest”–the political and economic ascendance of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and Kenya. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, Zakaria outlines the contemporary diffusion of power, drawing on lessons of history to help the United States face the challenges–and opportunities–of the post-American world.” -Publisher

Contents: The rise of the rest — The cup runneth over — A non-Western world? — The challenger — The ally — American power — American purpose


Political Ideologies Collection

About 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Political Ideologies”. Be patient as the page loads.

Liberalism Collection

More than 600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Liberalism”. Be patient as the page loads.

Conservatism Collection

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Books on U.S. Legal System, U.S. Constitution, International Law, International Organizations

Fascism Collection

About 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fascism”. Be patient as the page loads.

Totalitarianism Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Totalitarianism.

The Origins Of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism book cover

Arendt, Hannah
Harvest 1979         Dewey Dec.    321

Originally published in 1951. “The Origins of Totalitarianism begins with the rise of anti-Semitism in central and western Europe in the 1800s and continues with an examination of European colonial imperialism from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I. Arendt explores the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in our time–Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia–which she adroitly recognizes were two sides of the same coin, rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left. From this vantage point, she discusses the evolution of classes into masses, the role of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world, the use of terror, and the nature of isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.” -Publisher

Josiah Warren, The First American Anarchist, A Sociological Study

Josiah Warren the First American Anarchist Book Cover

Baillie, William
Boston: Small & Mayynard 1906        Dewey Dec.    335.8

Josiah Warren (1798-1874) was a musician when he moved from Boston to Cincinnati at age 20, where he worked as a music teacher and orchestra leader and also manufactured a lamp he invented. He moved his family to New Harmony, IN in the mid-1820s to participate in Robert Owens’ communitarian experiment, but left within two years, rejecting Owens’ views on the ideal society. Warren developed his own philosophy on a principle of the “sovereignty of the individual”, and society without a state.

The author of this small book began with a long essay on the philosophy of anarchism. In addition to a biography of Warren, and explanations of his philosophical ideas, there are extended descriptions of the anarchist communities that he founded.

Gospel of Wealth, and other Timely Essays

Carnegie, Andrew
Century 1900        Dewey Dec.    306

Wealth, poverty, trusts, relations of capital and labor, colonial possessions, imperialism, democracy in England, etc. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Socialism; its theoretical roots and present-day development

Socialism its theoretical roots Book Cover

Forman, James D.
New Viewpoints 1973        Dewey Dec.    335

A Plea for Liberty; An Argument Against Socialism and Socialistic Legislation …

Consisting of an Introduction by Herbert Spencer and Essays by Various Writers

Socialism a Plea for Liberty Book Cover

Mackay, Thomas, ed.
Appleton 1891        Dewey Dec.    335

On proper limits of state action relating to labor, care of poor, schools, post-office, etc.
Laissez faire and individualism present in formal array the arguments by which they hope to check the tide of socialism.

Selected Articles about the History of the British Empire

Capital: Critique of Political Economy

– Volume 2      Volume 3

Capital Critique of Political Economy Book Cover

Marx, Karl
1867-1894        Dewey Dec.    335.4

Volume 2 is subtitled: “The Process of Circulation of Capital”, and Volume 3 is subtitled “The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole”. Volume 3 was prepared by Friedrich Engels from notes left by Marx.

The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto Book Cover

Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich
Washington Square 1964        Dewey Dec.    335.4

This document “analyzes history in terms of class conflict, predicts the imminent overthrow of the ruling bourgeoisie by the oppressed proletariat, and envisions a resulting classless society in which personal property would be abolished. The ‘Manifesto’ calls upon the proletariat of the world to unite and strengthen itself for this final revolution.” -Benet’s Reader’s Ency

Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

Socialism an Economical and Sociological Analysis Book Cover

Mises, Ludwig von
1951        Dewey Dec.    335


Socialism the Handbook Series Book Cover

Robbins, E. C. comp.
NY: Wilson 1915        Dewey Dec.    335

From the publisher’s “Handbook Series”. In addition to a substantial bibliography of representative books and articles, the book contains reprinted magazine articles arranged in the following categories:- Utopian Socialism, – Christian Socialism, – Marxian Socialism, – Progressive Socialism, – Socialism versus Other Forms of Radicalism, – Definitions of Contemporary Socialism


Utopias Collection

About 340 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Utopias”. Be patient as the page loads.

The Children of Prosperity: Thirteen Modern American Communes

The Children of Prosperity Thirteen Modern American Communes Book Cover

Gardner, Hugh
St. Martin’s 1978        Dewey Dec.    335.9

Guides to Nonfiction, Bibliographies

American Communities

American Communities Book Cover

Hinds, W: A.
Kerr 1902        Dewey Dec.    335.9

“Revised edition, enlarged to include additional societies, new and old, communistic, semi-communistic and co-operative.”

The Communistic Societies of the United States – from Personal Visit and Observation …

Including detailed accounts of the Economists, Zoarites, Shakers, the Amana, Oneida, Bethel, Aurora, Icarian, and other existing societies; their religious creeds, social practices, numbers, industries, and present condition

The Communistic Societies of the United States Book Cover

Nordhoff, Charles
Harper 1875        Dewey Dec.    335.9

Valuable account by a trained journalist from personal visits and observations in many communistic societies. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Brook Farm; its Members, Scholars, and Visitors

Brook Farm its Members, Scholars and Visitors Book Cover

Swift, Lindsay
Macmillan 1900        Dewey Dec.    335.9

List of books and magazine articles, p. 283-92.

Colonialism & Imperialism

Colonialism Collection

Over 300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Colonialism”. Be patient as the page loads.

Imperialism Collection

Over 800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Imperialism”. Be patient as the page loads.

Ancient and Modern Imperialism

Ancient and Modern Imperialism book cover

Cromer, Evelyn Baring, Earl of
NY: Longmans, Green 1910         Dewey Dec.    321

Selected Articles about the History of Ideas & History of Religion

The Colonial Policy of Lord John Russell’s Administration

The Colonial Policy of Lord John Russell's Administration book cover

Grey, Earl
London: Bentley 1853         Dewey Dec.    325

Imperialism; A Study

Imperialism - A Study book cover

Hobson, John Atkinson
NY: James Pott 1902         Dewey Dec.    321

“A classic 19th-century indictment of imperialism” -Publisher

The Control of the Tropics

The Control of the Tropics book cover

Kidd, Benjamin
NY: Macmillan 1898         Dewey Dec.    325

The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa

The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa book cover

Lugard, Frederick John Dealtry
London: Blackwood and Sons 1922         Dewey Dec.    325

The Nation and the Empire. Being a Collection of Speeches and Addresses

The Nation and the Empire book cover

Milner, Lord
London: Constable 1913         Dewey Dec.    325

World Politics at the End of the Nineteenth Century; as Influenced by the Oriental Situation

World Politics at the End of the Nineteenth Century book cover

Reinsch, P. S.
Macmillan 1900

        Dewey Dec.    327
With special reference to China. Dispassionate discussion of colonization and imperialism, drawn mainly from European illustrations, but considering questions for United States. Bibliographies and map.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Commonwealth or Empire: A Bystander’s View of the Question

Commonwealth or Empire book cover

Smith, Goldwin
NY: Macmillan 1902         Dewey Dec.    327

The Empire. A Series of Letters published in “The Daily News”, 1862, 1863

The Empire - A Series of Letters book cover

Smith, Goldwin
Oxford: Henry and Parker 1863         Dewey Dec.    325

Selected Articles about the History of Britain and Ireland, 19th & 20th Centuries

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