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Principia Politica
Principia Politica
By Leonard Woolf
Harcourt, 1953, 319 pp

This is the third volume of the author's "Study of Communal Psychology" (the two first volumes, titled "After the Deluge," appeared in 1931 and 1939). It is not a systematic treatise but an extended essay, in part autobiographical, on the various political ideals and forces that have shaped Western society in the last 70 years. By and large the author writes from the old liberal position, familiar, decent, but somehow not quite satisfying.