Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750-1850

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Overview

Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States represents the cooperative effort of a group of American and German scholars to move the historical debate on republicanism and liberalism to a new stage. By systematically studying the similarities and differences in the understanding of republicanism and liberalism in the United States and German states, the collection stimulates new efforts toward a comprehensive interpretation of political, intellectual, and social developments in the "modernizing" Atlantic world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Although the German states never had a successful republican revolution comparable to the United States, republican and liberal ideals did have an impact on German political culture. Heideking (modern history, U. of Cologne, Germany) and Henretta (history, U. of Maryland) present 14 papers that comparatively examine republican and liberal developments in the United States and Germany over the course of a century. Among the topics addressed are the relative contributions of women to republican dialogue, Immanuel Kant's understanding of republican forms of government, the evolution of republicanism into liberalism, comparative descriptions of constitutions, and nationalist versus civic public celebrations and political rituals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"...a rich, pathbreaking volume that should stimulate further debate and research on both sides of the Atlantic. ...a very welcome addition to the literature and deserves a wide-readership." German Studies Review
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Meet the Author

Deceased.

Profesor Henretta is the author of various books and articles in early American history, including Salutary Neglect: Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle (1972); The Evolution of American Society, 1700-1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (1973); Evolution and Revolution, 1600-1820 (1987); and The Origins of American Capitalism: Collected Essays (1991). He is also the co-author of two survey texts: America's History (4th ed., St. Martins Press, 2000) and America: A Concise History (St Martins Press, 1998).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 "Wir nennen's Gemeinsinn" (We Call It Public Spirit): Republic and Republicanism in the German Political Discussion of the Nineteenth Century 21
2 The Concept of the Republic in Eighteenth-Century German Thought 35
3 Kant's Republicanism and Its Echoes 53
4 Constitutions, Charity, and Liberalism by Default: Germany and the Anglo-American Tradition 73
5 Politics and Sentiment: Catharine Macaulay's Republicanism 91
6 Between Liberalism and Republicanism: "Manners" in the Political Thought of Mercy Otis Warren 113
7 The Liberal and Democratic Republicanism of the First American State Constitutions, 1776-1780 127
8 Bennington and the Green Mountain Boys: The Emergence of Liberal Democracy in Vermont, 1760-1850 147
9 The Birth of American Liberalism: New York, 1820-1860 165
10 Republicanism, Liberalism, and Market Society: Party Formation and Party Ideology in Germany and the United States, c. 1825-1850 187
11 Festive Culture and National Identity in America and Germany, 1760-1860 209
12 Charles Follen's View of Republicanism in Germany and the United States, 1815-1840 235
13 "The Right to Possess All the Faculties that God Has Given": Possessive Individualism, Slave Women, and Abolitionist Thought 261
14 Freedom of Contract and Freedom of Person: A Brief History of "Involuntary Servitude" in American Fundamental Law 281
Index 299
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