Talking Politics: History of Ideas

After each episode of the new Talking Politics podcast, brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books, continue your exploration of the history of ideas in our unrivalled archive of essays and reviews, films and podcasts. This page will become a hub of ideas and resources for further reading, home-learning and student research that you can find across our website; check back regularly, and send suggestions of LRB pieces, writers and themes that have proved helpful in your own teaching and/or learning, to:

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David Runciman has picked twelve pieces from our archive, for further reading after each episode in the first series of Talking Politics: History of Ideas.

Episode 1. Hobbes on the State

Modernity’s Bodyguard: Phil Withington on Leviathan (2013)

Episode 2. Wollstonecraft on Sexual Politics

Assertrix: Elizabeth Spelman on Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (2004)

Episode 3. Constant on Liberty

The pleasure of not being there: Peter Brooks on Constant and de Charrière (1993)

Episode 4. Tocqueville on Democracy

A Matter of Caste: Colin Kidd on Alexis de Tocqueville (2007)

Episode 5. Marx and Engels on Revolution

The End of Idiocy on a Planetary Scale: Stephen Holmes on The Communist Manifesto (1998)

Episode 6. Gandhi on Nonviolence

India is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its independence. Stephen Haggard writes about the role of Mahatma Gandhi (1987)

Episode 7. Weber on Leadership

Anti-Magician: Geoffrey Hawthorn on Max Weber (2009)

Episode 8. Hayek on the Market

Hayek and His Overcoat: Geoffrey Hawthorn on the Hayekian world (1998)

Episode 9. Arendt on Action

Thinking without a Banister: James Miller on Hannah Arendt (1995)

Episode 10. Fanon on Colonialism

Breath of Unreason: Megan Vaughan on psychiatry in French North Africa (2008)

Episode 11. MacKinnon on Patriarchy

Can the law be feminist? Lorna Finlayson on Catharine MacKinnon (2018)

Episode 12. Fukuyama on History

Endism: Paul Hirst on Francis Fukuyama (1989)

From politics to poetry

If you’re enjoying David’s introductions to the most influential ideas of some of the modern world’s greatest political theorists, why not turn next to the lives and works of the most important poets of the 20th century? On ‘Close Readings’, our ‘revolutionary ... ★★★★★’ (The Times) podcast series, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford consider Auden, Larkin, Bishop, Hardy, Smith, Housman, Stevens, Plath, Heaney, Lowell, Hopkins and more through a lens of the pieces written about them in the LRB archive. Listen to the whole series for free on our website, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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