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21 Am. Pol. Sci. Rev. 886 (1927)
Book Reviews

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EDITED BY A. C. HANFORD
Harvard Univer8ity
The History of Political Science from Plato to the Present. By ROBERT H.
MURRAY. (New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1926. Pp. vii, 435.)
The recent revival of interest in political theory, especially in England,
has led to the publication of a number of books, some of which attack
the older doctrines and propose new solutions, others of which are his-
torical surveys of the ideas held in the past. The volume under review
belongs to the latter class. It outlines the doctrines of some of the most
important political philosophers from Plato to modern guild socialists
and bolshevists. It makes little attempt to trace the development of
political thought consecutively or to show its relation to the conditions
of the period. Neither does it attempt exhaustiveness in dealing with
all the important thinkers. It rather selects a few conspicuous examples
of important contributions, and is suggestive rather than comprehensive
in its method.
Large gaps are left for the intelligent reader to fill, and certain aspects
of political theory are given scant consideration. The relation between
economic doctrines and political theory is practically ignored in the
interesting period at the close of the Middle Ages, and again at the time
of the mercantilists and physiocrats, and even at the time of the rise of
socialist doctrines. The writer obviously approaches his subject from
an ethical and philosophical viewpoint. On the other hand, he is at his
best in the chapters on medievalism and the imperialists, and in the
chapter on Mazzini. Recent political doctrines are lightly sketched in
the concluding chapter.
The book is not written in a detached and impartial spirit. The author
takes frequent opportunities to express his own judgments. He clearly
indicates his admiration for the conservatism of Burke and for the
idealism of T. H. Green. He is dubious concerning pluralism, and he
has no sympathy with modern radical doctrines. He describes socialists
as young men in a hurry, and advises the slow discipline of nature
of Burke. Reverence for tradition and a strong religious background
are considered important. The statement (p. 393) that in the United
States ten per cent of the syndicalists control the action of the workers
struck the reviewer as rather peculiar. The author is also somewhat
skeptical about democracy. He gives some space (pp. 337-339) to
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