The Routledge Guidebook to Paine's Rights of Man
By Frances Chiu
Routledge – 2016 – 288 pages
On publication in 1791-92, the two parts of Paine’s Rights of Man proved to be both wildly popular and extremely controversial. It was one of the earliest political texts to question hereditary government, it advocated democratic principles, and introduced a blueprint for the modern welfare state. As a result the book was both an instant bestseller and led to Paine’s trial, in his absence, for seditious libel.
The Routledge Guidebook to Paine’s Rights of Man provides a complete introduction to this foundational text in the history of modern political thought, addressing:
Frances A. Chiu is Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences at New School University in New York where she regularly teaches a course called ‘Age of Paine: Revolution, Radicalism, and Religion’.