Federal Union, Modern World: The Law of Nations in an Age of Revolutions, 1776-1814

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In this thought-provoking analysis of international relations, the Onufs deepen our understanding of the law of nations in a world of profound change. Federal Union, Modern World relates the emergence of the modern concept of state-societies to the remarkable experiments in constitution-making in the United States and shows how efforts to model a federal union in America influenced the broader relations of European nation-states. Relying on ancient and early modern sources prominent in the minds of the Founders, ...

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Overview

In this thought-provoking analysis of international relations, the Onufs deepen our understanding of the law of nations in a world of profound change. Federal Union, Modern World relates the emergence of the modern concept of state-societies to the remarkable experiments in constitution-making in the United States and shows how efforts to model a federal union in America influenced the broader relations of European nation-states. Relying on ancient and early modern sources prominent in the minds of the Founders, the authors show how the idea of a federal union was applied to the nations of the world. This profound conceptual change in international relations sundered the law of nations from naturalism and grafted it into modern ideas of liberalism. The formation of the United States as federation, argue the Onufs, "expressed Enlightenment impulses . . . more fully than any contemporaneous developments in Europe." Furthermore, as the Founders attempted to secure a tenable position for their creation, they inspired a shift in international relations theory from natural legal doctrine to the positive law of states. This timely study of international union and disunion informs us as much about the decades of revolution as it does about the context of international relations in our own time.

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James Farr
This is a fascinating and timely study that deepens our understanding of the law of nations and the international context that informed the thinking of the Founders as they created a federal union. . . . It's an excellent volume and an evident collaborative success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612346
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1955
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has written widely in the field of early American history including The Origins of the Federal Republic, Statehood and the Union, The Midwest and the Nation (with Andrew R.L. Clayton), A Union of Interests (with Cathy D. Matson), and Jeffersonian Legacies. Nicholas Onuf is professor of international politics and foreign policy at Florida International University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: The World of Vattel Chapter 3 Years of Revolution Chapter 4 The European Republic Chapter 5 Nature's Design Part 6 Part One: Federal Union Chapter 7 Chapter One: "A More Perfect Union" Chapter 8 Polis and Politeia Chapter 9 After Aristotle Chapter 10 Changes in Kind Chapter 11 Chapter Two: "The Compount Republic of America" Chapter 12 Whole and Parts Chapter 13 The Theory of Corporations Chapter 14 After Althusius Chapter 15 Association, Consociation Chapter 16 Chapter Three: "Extent and Proper Structure" Chapter 17 Reading Madison Chapter 18 Size of the Union Chapter 19 Limits and Levels Part 20 Part Two: A New World Order Chapter 21 Chapter Four: The American State System Chapter 22 Revolutionary Hopes Chapter 23 Commerce Chapter 24 Treaties Chapter 25 Confederation Chapter 26 Diplomatic Frustrations Chapter 27 Chapter Five: Foreign Affairs and Federal Union Chapter 28 Crisis of Union Chapter 29 Union Transformed Chapter 30 The Expanding Union Chapter 31 Apotheosis Part 32 Part Three: Changing World Chapter 33 Chapter Six: The Balance of Power Chapter 34 Worlds Apart Chapter 35 Republican Foreign Policy Chapter 36 End of the Old World Chapter 37 Union and Independence Chapter 38 Chapter Seven: The New Law of Nations Chapter 39 Lawlessness Chapter 40 Neutral Rights Chapter 41 The Examination Chapter 42 Neutrality and the War of 1812 Chapter 43 Federal Union, Modern World Chapter 44 Index

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