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Claeys, Gregory

Works: 180 works in 710 publications in 2 languages and 13,086 library holdings
Genres: History  Utopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Sources  Encyclopedias  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Signer, Translator, Redactor
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Most widely held works by Gregory Claeys
Thomas Paine : social and political thought by Gregory Claeys( )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: "There can be no doubt that Gregory Claeys has written by far the best study so far of the thought of Tom Paine. Claeys shows that he was a more significant political theorist than is usually admitted. This is a satisfying and authoritative book."--Journal of The Historical Association. Thomas Paine is the most comprehensive and incisive study of the social and political thought of one of the most important political writers of the modern era; it is also the first account to consider Paine with due seriousness as a political thinker. Gregory Claeys concentrates on Paine's most influential work (and one of the best-known political tracts of all time) the Rights of Man. He is careful, however, to place this work in the context of the evolution of Paine's thinking from his early American writings, and against a background of natural law and rights writings, republicanism and radicalism, and Paine's Quaker and deist beliefs. The book has three major strengths. First, it brings together debates amongst historians about Paine's American and European works and periods, and demonstrates the underlying consistency in Paine's thought. Second, Gregory Claeys considers at length the British reception of the Rights of Man, the immense controversy the text engendered, and the successful efforts to stifle the growth of the radical parliamentary reform movement that it inspired. Third, the characterization and discussion of Paine's ideas is considerably more sophisticated than any existing analysis, and presents in effect a completely new view of Paine that will serve as the standard interpretation
The utopia reader by Gregory Claeys( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utopian literature has given voice to the hopes and fears of the human race from its earliest days to the present. The only single-volume anthology of its kind, The Utopia Reader encompasses the entire spectrum and history of utopian writing-from the Old Testament and Plato's Republic, to Sir Thomas More's Utopia and George Orwell's twentieth century dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, through to the present day. The editors of this definitive collection demonstrate the various ways in which utopias have been used throughout history as veiled criticism of existing conditions and how peoples excluded from the dominant discourse-such as women and minorities-have used the form to imagine empowering alternatives to present circumstances. An engaging tour through the dissident, polemic, and satirical tradition of utopian writing, The Utopia Reader ultimately provides a telling portrait of civilization's persistent need to imagine and construct ideal societies
Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century thought by Gregory Claeys( )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering the period from 1789 to 1914, this work primarily deals with key figures and ideas in social and political thinking, but entries also include science, religion, law, art, concepts of modernity, the body and health, thereby covering comprehensively the intellectual history of the period
The Cambridge companion to utopian literature by Gregory Claeys( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the publication of Thomas More's genre-defining work Utopia in 1516, the field of utopian literature has evolved into an ever-expanding domain. This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Chapters address the difficult definition of the concept of utopia, and consider its relation to science fiction and other literary genres. The volume takes an innovative approach to the major themes predominating within the utopian and dystopian literary tradition, including feminism, romance and ecology, and explores in detail the vexed question of the purportedly 'western' nature of the concept of utopia. The reader is provided with a balanced overview of the evolution and current state of a long-standing, rich tradition of historical, political and literary scholarship"-
Imperial sceptics : British critics of empire, 1850-1920 by Gregory Claeys( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book focuses on the development of three issues in late nineteenth century Britain: the emergence of explanations of the origin of the British empire; justifications for its continuation;"--Provided by publisher
Searching for Utopia : the history of an idea by Gregory Claeys( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the quest for a utopian society throughout history, including examinations of the catalysts that have served as inspiration, and how the search for a utopia by developed countries has hurt third-world countries
Machinery, money, and the millennium : from moral economy to socialism, 1815-1860 by Gregory Claeys( Book )

19 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utopia : the search for the ideal society in the western world( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a catalogue for the exhibition of the same name and showcases more than 400 books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, maps, photographs and other original material from the New York Public Library and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. The book explores the long tradition of thought and art that has envisioned the perfect place
Utopias of the British enlightenment by Gregory Claeys( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first major collection of eighteenth-century British utopias. Seven tracts, spanning the century, show how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, and particularly as a means of focussing on ideas of progress and commercial development. Radical and republican thinking about property ownership, social equality, and commerce and luxury - of particular relevance to the critique of 'corruption' in this period - coexists with nostalgic and conservative notions of the ideal hierarchical community. The introduction, which sets these tracts in a wider context of similar texts, examines their relationship to the political thought of the period, and shows how issues and developments of key importance, from the debate surrounding the French revolution to the origins of Romanticism and early socialism, are illuminated by an understanding of the utopian tradition."--Jacket
Citizens and saints : politics and anti-politics in early British socialism by Gregory Claeys( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizens and Saints is a comprehensive study of the profound rupture in the language of reform and revolution which occurred with the rise of socialism. Focusing upon British Owenite socialism, Professor Claeys argues that two schools of political thinking emerged from the 'social' critique of contemporary political radicalism. One, largely identified with Owenite perfectibilism, aimed to transcend existing forms of democracy and to establish more harmonious, less divisive forms of rule. The other, apparently more democratic, aimed to extend popular control of political institutions to economic organisations. Both were sceptical of the 'political' analyses of socioeconomic deprivation proferred by existing radicalism. Such scepticism was to prove crucial to both liberal and socialist political thought, and Professor Claeys shows that such perennial questions as the intrinsically democratic (or otherwise) nature of Marxist socialism can only be understood by reference to the political and intellectual circumstances in which early socialist ideas emerged
The Cambridge history of nineteenth-century political thought by Gareth Stedman Jones( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This major work of academic reference provides the first comprehensive survey of political thought in Europe, North America and Asia in the century following the French Revolution. Written by a distinguished team of international scholars, this Cambridge History is the latest in a sequence of volumes firmly established as the principal reference source for the history of political thought. In a series of scholarly but accessible essays, every major theme in nineteenth-century political thought is covered, including political economy, religion, democratic radicalism, nationalism, socialism and feminism. The volume also includes studies of major figures, including Hegel, Mill, Bentham and Marx, and biographical notes on every significant thinker in the period. Of interest to students and scholars of politics and history at all levels, this volume explores seismic changes in the languages and expectations of politics accompanying political revolution, industrialisation and imperial expansion and less-noted continuities in political and social thinking"--
Dystopia : a natural history : a study of modern despotism, its antecedents, and its literary diffractions by Gregory Claeys( Book )

23 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dystopia: A Natural History" is the first monograph devoted to the concept of dystopia. Taking the term to encompass both a literary tradition of satirical works, mostly on totalitarianism, as well as real despotisms and societies in a state of disastrous collapse, this volume redefines the central concepts and the chronology of the genre and offers a paradigm-shifting understanding of the subject. Part One assesses the theory and prehistory of 'dystopia.' By contrast to utopia, conceived as promoting an ideal of friendship defined as 'enhanced sociability,' dystopia is defined by estrangement, fear, and the proliferation of 'enemy' categories. A 'natural history' of dystopia thus concentrates upon the centrality of the passion or emotion of fear and hatred in modern despotisms. The work of Le Bon, Freud, and others is used to show how dystopian groups use such emotions. Utopia and dystopia are portrayed not as opposites, but as extremes on a spectrum of sociability, defined by a heightened form of group identity. The prehistory of the process whereby 'enemies' are demonised is explored from early conceptions of monstrosity through Christian conceptions of the devil and witchcraft, and the persecution of heresy. Part Two surveys the major dystopian moments in twentieth century despotisms, focussing in particular upon Nazi Germany, Stalinism, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and Cambodia under Pol Pot. The concentration here is upon the political religion hypothesis as a key explanation for the chief excesses of communism in particular. Part Three examines literary dystopias. It commences well before the usual starting-point in the secondary literature, in anti-Jacobin writings of the 1790s. Two chapters address the main twentieth-century texts usually studied as representative of the genre, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The remainder of the section examines the evolution of the genre in the second half of the twentieth century down to the present
A modern utopia by H. G Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While walking in the Swiss Alps, two English travellers fall into a space-warp, and suddenly find themselves in another world. In many ways the same as our own - even down to the characters that inhabit it - this new planet is still somehow radically different, for the two walkers are now upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government. Here, as they soon learn, all share a common language, there is sexual, economic and racial equality, and society is ruled by socialist ideals enforced by an austere, voluntary elite: the 'Samurai'. But what will the Utopians make of these new visitors from a less perfect world?"--Back cover
Encyclopedia of modern political thought( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work explores modern and contemporary political thought since 1750, looking at the thinkers, concepts, debates, issues, and national traditions that have shaped political thought from the Enlightenment to post-modernism and post-structuralism
Mill and paternalism by Gregory Claeys( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many discussions of J.S. Mill's concept of liberty focus too narrowly on On Liberty and fail to acknowledge that his treatment of related issues elsewhere may modify its leading doctrines. Mill and Paternalism demonstrates how a contextual reading suggests that in Principles of Political Economy, and also his writings on Ireland, India and on domestic issues like land reform, Mill proposed a substantially more interventionist account of the state than On Liberty seems to imply. This helps to explain Mill's sympathies for socialism after 1848, as well as his Malthusianism and feminism, which, in conjunction with Harriet Taylor's views, are central to his later discussions of the family and marriage. Feminism, indeed, is shown to provide the answer to the problem which most agitated Mill, overpopulation. Thus Gregory Claeys sheds new lights on many of Mill's overarching preoccupations, including the theory of liberty at the heart of On Liberty"--
The politics of English Jacobinism : writings of John Thelwall by John Thelwall( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Thomas Paine fled to France in 1792, John Thelwall was the most important leader of working-class radicalism in Britain. This work presents his major political writings which tell us much about the 1790s reform movement and the innovation and direction of Thelwall's thought
Modern British utopias, 1700-1850( Book )

30 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French Revolution debate in Britain : the origins of modern politics by Gregory Claeys( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gregory Claeys explores the reception of the French Revolution in Britain through the medium of its leading interpreters. Claeys argues that the major figures--Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and John Thelwall--collectively laid the foundations for political debate for the following century, and longer
The political writings of the 1790s : the French Revolution debate in Britain( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restoration and Augustan British utopias( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gregory Claeys provides tangible evidence of a rich variety of utopian texts from the Restoration until the turn of the century. The topics of these works are wide-ranging and include alchemy and natural science, imaginary voyages, some Arcadian, some utopian, descriptions of model societies, both Christian and classical and plans for working communities that proposed how to solve the problem of poverty and bring harmony to the poor."--BOOK JACKET
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The Cambridge companion to utopian literature
The utopia readerEncyclopedia of nineteenth-century thoughtThe Cambridge companion to utopian literatureImperial sceptics : British critics of empire, 1850-1920Searching for Utopia : the history of an ideaUtopia : the search for the ideal society in the western worldUtopias of the British enlightenmentCitizens and saints : politics and anti-politics in early British socialism
Alternative Names
Claeys, Gregory, 1951-

Gregory Claeys British political theorist

クレイズ, グレゴリー

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