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Penguin Classics
31 May 1984
Political science & theory; Human rights; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
One of the great classics on democracy, Rights of Man was published in England in 1791 as a vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government. In direct, forceful prose, Paine defends popular rights, national independence, revolutionary war, and economic growth - all considered dangerous and even seditious issues. In his introduction Eric Foner presents an overview of Paine's career as political theorist and pamphleteer, and supplies essential background material to Rights of Man. He discusses how Paine created a language of modern politics that brought important issues to the common man and the working classes and assesses the debt owed to Paine by the American and British radical traditions.
By:   Thomas Paine
Notes by:   Henry Collins
Introduction by:   Eric Foner
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   226g
ISBN:   9780140390155
ISBN 10:   0140390154
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   31 May 1984
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Paine was born in1737 at Thetford, Norfolk in England, as a son of a Quaker. He immigrated to America in 1774. There he published works criticising the slavery and supporting American independence. He became very popular but returned to England where he became involved in the French Revolution. After that he returned to America where he died in 1802.

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