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Swords and Symbols; The Technique of Sovereignty
Swords and Symbols The Technique of Sovereignty Author:James Marshall "...an invaluable survey of the concepts and techniques of sovereignty...a wide-ranging analysis of the operation of power throughout history and in a variety of societies. In essence the work provides a solid theoretical basis for the understanding of political action whatever the nominal constitutional form. For students I have found this an... more » important and fundamental introduction to the study of politics."
Professor of Political Science, Princeton University
"Required reading for all Americans who cherish their political institutions. It is a revaluation of the symbols we live by, a Machiavellian gem for an era gone mad with propagandist trumpetings."
~The New York Times
"Mr.Marshall's book combines philosophical clarity and impressive learning with a democratic passion. Sovereignty, which is his subject, is nowadays thought of as an archaic concept; it is not. It is the very stuff of oour lives, at every point where we interactwith social, economic, or political units. By relentlessly focusing on long-neglected, or at best, long-obscured problems, James Marshall now offers us a work of great importance."
Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Board of Tutors in Social Studies
"An illuminating discussion, with a wealth of interesting detail, of the interplay of force, economic pressure and propaganda in the maintenance and overthrow of sovereignty."