Our Politics section list looks at the lives, times and key ideas of the masters of political theory – the people who invented many of the 'isms' in academic practice and newspapers today. From Marxism, communism and fascism to the more obscure utilitarianism, the workings of these political ideologies will become much clearer as you read about each intellectual's personal and political development before looking at their big ideas in detail.

Ideas don't exist in a vacuum. As with all our subjects in the Who the Hell is? series, Politics embraces the other topics and in turn takes part in a fascinating global conversation, made truly alive and accessible for the first time.