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The Social Contract and Discourses

The Social Contract and Discourses
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN 13: 9780460873574
ISBN 10: 460873571
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Everyman Paperback
Publication Date: 1993-12-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $10.95

Holding men in wretched subservience, feudalism --- alongside religion --- was a powerful force in the eighteenth century. Self-serving monarchic social systems, which collectively reduced common people to servitude, were now attacked by Enlightenment philosophers, of whom Rousseau was a leading light. His masterpiece, The Social Contract, profoundly influenced the subsequent development of society and remains provocative in a modern age of continuing widespread vested interest.