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Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, sovereignty has cut across the diverse realms of theology, political thought, and psychology. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, the debates about sovereignty-complete independence and self-government-have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, leading scholar and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of sovereignty as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. Examining the early modern ideas of God which formed the basis for the modern sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research from theology and philosophy into psychology, showing that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self. As the basis of sovereign power shifts from God, to the state, to the self, Elshtain uncovers startling realities often hidden from view. Her thesis consists in nothing less than a thorough-going rethinking of our intellectual history through its keystone concept. The culmination of over thirty years of critically applauded work in feminism, international relations, political thought, and religion, Sovereignty opens new ground for our understanding of our own culture, its past, present, and future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465037599
ISBN-10: 0465037593
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Just War Against Terror and Democracy on Trial, among other books. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.

Books By Jean Bethke Elshtain

Sovereignty by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Paperback, April 2012
Politics and Religious Consciousness in America by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Paperback, October 2004
One Electorate under God? by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Paperback, May 2004
Sacred and the Sovereign by Jean Bethke Elshtain
Paperback, June 2003