Alexander Hamilton: Ambivalent Anglophile / Edition 1

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Overview

Of all of the Founding Fathers of the American republic none, with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson, has evoked more passions and aroused more controversy than Alexander Hamilton.

In this absorbing new biography, eminent historian Lawrence Kaplan examines Hamilton's conception of America's role in the world and the foreign policies that followed from his vision. Kaplan looks at how Hamilton acted upon his views in shaping the course of American foreign relations.

The author provides a focused, accessible biography of Hamilton and a nuanced assessment of his impact on Federalist Era foreign policy. In the Jefferson-Jackson era Hamilton's persona as an elitist urban aristocrat condemned him as an enemy of an expanding democratic America-an Anglophile at a time when Great Britain was the major adversary. Such was his reputation as an enemy of the common man that his deep-seated opposition to the institution of slavery won little recognition from northern abolitionists.

This book will fascinate readers with its insights into Hamilton and the formative years of the United States of America.

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Editorial Reviews

Forrest McDonald
A judiciously balanced account of a highly controversial subject.
Bradford Perkins
This briskly written volume is an important contribution to the never-ending debate over early American foreign policy. Kaplan clearly demonstrates that while Alexander Hamilton revered British political institutions, this by no means meant that he was prepared to endorse or accept British policies. Like his great enemy, Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton believed that 'the survival and prosperity of the United States rested on independence from the great powers of Europe.' Kaplan by no means ignores Hamilton's flaws, but his analysis convincingly shows us that Hamilton was indeed an 'ambiguous anglophile.'
Peter Hill
From Kaplan's years of scholarly immersion in the foreign policy of the early Republic comes a masterpiece of clarity and insight into one of its most controversial framers. Alexander Hamilton: Ambivalent Anglophile is a fresh and long-overdue appraisal that distills the insights of an eminent scholar. The dean of historians in his field, Kaplan has captured the essence of Hamilton's personality and place in the strife-torn issues of foreign policy.
Booknews
Kaplan (Kent State U.) draws on the many biographies of the 20th century and on the 27 volumes of Hamilton's (1722-1804) papers for his own account of the US Founding Father who, next to Jefferson, has generated most controversy, both cases primarily in relation to the Federalist debate. His main focus is Hamilton's conception of the US role in the world and the foreign policies that followed from his vision. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842028783
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Biographies in American Foreign Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence S. Kaplan is University Professor Emeritus at Kent State University and adjunct professor of history at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chronology Chapter 3 The Rise of a Wunderkind Chapter 4 The War as Opportunity, 1775-1782 Chapter 5 Toward the Constitution, 1782-1789 Chapter 6 Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1791 Chapter 7 To the Jay Treaty, 1790-1794 Chapter 8 Behind the Scenes, 1795-1798 Chapter 9 General Manque, 1798-1800 Chapter 10 Epilogue Chapter 11 Bibliographical Essay Chapter 12 Index

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