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Ch 51: Influential Figures in Political Science

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This chapter profiles several influential figures in political science as well as the key works and movements associated with them, featuring video and text lessons orchestrated by professional instructors.

Influential Figures in Political Science - Chapter Summary

Reviewing this chapter is a great way to buff up on your knowledge of major figures who have left their mark on political science through history. Lessons delve into the following people and topics:

  • Aristotle
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Baron de Montesquieu
  • The theories of Karl Marx
  • Vladimir Lenin and communism
  • Gandhi
  • George Orwell's 1984

The practice quizzes accompanying each lesson serve as a simple way to confirm your understanding of the topics before moving on. In addition, the practice final exam at the end of the chapter gives you a chance to verify your knowledge on a more overall level. These self-assessments can be taken and re-taken as many times as you want.

7 Lessons in Chapter 51: Influential Figures in Political Science
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Who was Aristotle? - Definition & Philosophy

1. Who was Aristotle? - Definition & Philosophy

Considered to be one of the most influential thinkers of Western culture, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle merged science and philosophy to develop a logical and virtuous means of understanding and living in our world.

Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

2. Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

In this lesson, we discuss one the key political theorists of the 17th century, the Englishman Thomas Hobbes, whose theories concerning absolutism, the basis of government, and human nature still resonate to this day.

Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

3. Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

In this lesson, we explore the life and theories of the the French Enlightenment's foremost political theorist, Charles-Louis de Secondat - more commonly known as Montesquieu.

Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

4. Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between socialism and capitalism, how Karl Marx believed that social class dictated one's social life and who were the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

5. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.

Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

6. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.

Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

7. Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize George Orwell's novel 1984. We will then analyze the themes of the story, as well as the setting, tone, and characters.

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