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The Importance of Being Civil: The Struggle for Political Decency

John A. Hall


Civility is desirable and possible, but can this fragile ideal be guaranteed? This book offers the most comprehensive look at the nature and advantages of civility throughout history and in our world today. The book expands our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces—including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war—and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. Combining wide-ranging historical and comparative evidence with social and moral theory, the book examines how the nature of civility has fluctuated in the last three centuries, ... More

Keywords: civility, revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153261
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153261.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Hall, author
McGill University