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Leviathan (1651) is widely regarded as a classic book on the nature of statecraft, examining the link between society and rulers. The inherent predisposition of man to war, according to English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, could only be controlled by a powerful, centralised government. In these slates, you will discover why Hobbes believed that a commonwealth of men led by a strong king was the only way to provide peace and security for everybody.

Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English philosopher, is today largely considered as one of just a few incredibly great political thinkers, whose work Leviathan equals in importance the political writings of Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, and Rawls.

• Sociologists, historians, and political scientists, as well as students of political science
• Those who are curious about how certain types of government came to be
• Students researching the origins of the law and the early government