First Paper Assignment

2 to 3 pages in length, double-spaced (and no more than 3 pages)
Due: Nov. 5
Please choose one of the following assignments

1. Hobbes and Locke

Using the excerpts from The Leviathan and Second Treatise, compare and contrast the political theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. You should include a consideration of their views of the "state of nature," "law of nature," the social contract, forms and powers of government, and the rights, liberties, and obligations of subjects.

2. Marx and Engels

Using Marx and Engels's treatment of the rise and triumph of the bourgeoisie and the (future) rise and triumph of the proletariat, explain how Marx and Engels understood historical change and the path of history, from the ancient world to the victory of the proletariat.

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