Never had we had the mind to write a text-book. Professor Buddhadeva Bhattacharyya, Director, University Leadership Programme, Department of Political Science, Calcutta University, requested us to speak in ULP-sponsored regional seminars on certain aspects of western political thought. The essays here, except the one on Fabianism, are based on the preliminary discussion-notes we prepared for the purpose. Some friends in undergraduate colleges prevailed upon us to give our discussions a book form. Frankly, we were still hesitant. It was Prof Bhattacharyya who underscored the necessity of writing a book on pre-marxian and non-marxian socialism. It is not claimed that this is a highly original research work. We have an eye to the undergraduate political science syllabus and at the same time tried our best to look at the themes under discussion from a different perspective. If it comes to any use of the college teachers and undergraduate students, we would feel that our purpose has been served.
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