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Conceptual Change and the Constitution
     

Conceptual Change and the Constitution

by Terence Ball (Editor), Pocock J.G.A (Editor)
 

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In this volume distinguished historians and political scientists examine political discourse during that short span of years from the Revolution through ratification, a period of profound political and conceptual change. The concepts of "sovereignty," "representation," "liberty," "virtue," "republic," "democracy"—even "constitution" itself—were

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In this volume distinguished historians and political scientists examine political discourse during that short span of years from the Revolution through ratification, a period of profound political and conceptual change. The concepts of "sovereignty," "representation," "liberty," "virtue," "republic," "democracy"—even "constitution" itself—were virtually recoined. Others, like "federalism," were new inventions. Out of the vehement political arguments and debates of the period came not only a new Constitution but a new political vocabulary—a political idiom that was distinctly recognizably American.

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"This volume calls attention to the changing or multiple meanings of key concepts and terms in Revolutionary-era political thought. As against the tendency to stress the relative homogeneity of the ideas that coalesced in the late 1780s, this collection creates, in effect, a set of case studies that illuminate the range of issues around which new and disputed positions formed."—Jack Rakove, author of The Beginnings of National Politics
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
These well-written essays provide new insight into the history of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700603695
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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