Government and the Governed
T HIS spirited and challenging survey of the course of political thought from the Renaissance to the present age is the work of a young apostle of democratic principles, who after winning philosophical laurels in an O>d'ord College is now embarked on the open sea of politics. A book on political philosophy suffers no harm from such enlivening and contrasted experiences. Wheu the College Don becomes Town Councillor or parliamentary candidate the exchange is not all loss. The fact that l\Ir. Crossman is not purely academic gives to his work a sense of animation and actuality often wanting to the nicely balanced treatise of the philosophical recluse. A lively concern for the happenings of to-day and to-mo1Tow lends meaning to the thoughts and occurrences of the past. l\fr. Crossman travels easily over a wide tract of time. If some of his judgements may seem to need qualification, he has a good eye for the general features of the landscape and a gift for describing contemporary movements of opinion and of disengaging those which are of special moment.
LONDON CHRISTOPHERS, GOVERNMENT AND THE GOVERNED, A HISTORY OF POLITICAL IDEAS AND POLITICAL PRACTICE