An introductory survey of the history of the principles and practice of citizenship, based on the premise that the current conditions and debates about citizenship cannot be fully understood without a knowledge of the historical background. This is provided through an analytical narrative of the functioning of citizenship and the major theorists from Sparta to the present day, including quotations from key texts. In addition the reader is asked to consider, based on the historical evidence presented, how citizenship differs from other forms of socio-political identity. In particular the commonly-held assumption that citizenship and nationality are synonymous is questioned on the grounds of historical experience and the difficulties it raises. Assuming no background knowledge, this is an ideal introduction to the history of citizenship. Key Features: *Fills a gap in the market by covering a neglected facet of the subject of Citizenship: its history *Comprehensive coverage, yet brief and easy-to-read *Combines narrative, analysis and quotations from key texts to offer a stimulating history of Citizenship
Derek Heater, previously a teacher at school-level, adult education and in institutions of higher education, has, since 1983, enjoyed a successful career as a writer. His most recent publications include What is Citizenship? (1999), World Citizenship: Cosmopolitan Thinking and its Opponents (2002), A History of Education for Citizenship (2003), Citizenship: The Civic Ideal in World History, Politics and Education (3rd edn, 2004), and A Brief History of Citizenship (2004).
Contents:; Introduction; Socio-political identities; Models of the history of citizenship; 1. Greece; Sparta; Plato and Aristotle; Athens; 2. Rome; Republic; Stoics; 3. Medieval and Early Modern Periods; Middle Ages; Italian city-states; Age of absolute monarchies; 4. Age of Revolutions; Pre-revolutionary ideas; American Revolution; French Revolution; 5. Modern and Contemporary Themes I; Nationality and multiculturalism; Federalism; World citizenship; 6. Modern and Contemporary Themes II; Civil, political and social rights; Women; Civic socialization and education; Conclusion; Dilemmas in historical context; References and Select Bibliography; Index.