Social contract theory in early modern France, Germany, Poland, and Russia: a comparison

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Title: Social contract theory in early modern France, Germany, Poland, and Russia: a comparison
Author: Babaeva, Olga
Abstract: While most of the ideas of social contract theory had been primarily developed in the states of Western Europe , the picture of the practical realization of the theory would be incomplete without bringing up the world of the European East . The following study is an investigation of the development and implementation of social contract theory in four major states of early modern Europe : France , the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation , Poland , and Russia . The choice is not random . In the early modern period these four states represented four extreme cases of the practical application of the social contract theory , as the spectrum of their political organization stretched from a theoretical absolutism of Renaissance France to the patriarchal tsarism of Russia , and from the rule of elective emperors of the immense German Empire to the leadership of elective kings in tiny but exclusively nationalistic Poland . The following study is based on the premise that there is no perfection in politics . Even if there was a social contract theory which history accepted as an ideal , there could be no society in the world that could have put it into unqualified practice . This assumption guides this study .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19808
Date: 1998-12

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Social contract theory in early modern France, Germany, Poland, and Russia: a comparison. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19808 .

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