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Front Matter Thomas More created a set of materials that were published at the front of Utopia, before the beginning of the manuscrip... Read More
Book 1 Book One of Utopia is subtitled "First Book of the Discussion Which the Exceptional Man Raphael Hythloday Held Concernin... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 1 Book Two is titled "Of the Discussion Which Raphael Hythloday Held Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth, by Way o... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 2 Raphael explains "he that knows one of their towns knows them all—they are so like one another." He proceeds to describe... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 3 Raphael describes a complex system of justice with a number of creative names for the individual levels of the judiciary... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 4 The Utopians strongly emphasize the importance of work and have no patience for idleness. On the other hand, however, th... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 5 The Utopian population is carefully managed in many ways. In the home rules are very strict. The oldest man rules the ho... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 6 As with other aspects of Utopian life, there are very specific rules for how Utopians may travel. In order to go to anot... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 7 Slaves are very common in Utopia. Raphael explains slavery plays an important role in society because of the reasons for... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 8 Utopians "detest war as a very brutal thing," but nevertheless both Utopian men and women take part in daily military ex... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 9 Utopians are, by and large, religious people—but living in the New World, they are not Christians. According to Raphael,... Read More
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