To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders / Edition 1

To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders / Edition 1

by Bernard Bailyn
     
 

Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard Bailyn has distilled a lifetime of study into this brilliant illumination of the ideas and world of the Founding Fathers. In five succinct essays he reveals the origins, depth, and global impact of their extraordinary creativity.

The opening essay illuminates the central importance of America’s provincialism to

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Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard Bailyn has distilled a lifetime of study into this brilliant illumination of the ideas and world of the Founding Fathers. In five succinct essays he reveals the origins, depth, and global impact of their extraordinary creativity.

The opening essay illuminates the central importance of America’s provincialism to the formation of a truly original political system. In the chapters following, he explores the ambiguities and achievements of Jefferson’s career, Benjamin Franklin’s changing image and supple diplomacy, the circumstances and impact of the Federalist Papers, and the continuing influence of American constitutional thought throughout the Atlantic world. To Begin the World Anew enlivens our appreciation of how America came to be and deepens our understanding of the men who created it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375713088
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/10/2004
Edition description:
First Vintage Books Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
303,921
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
IPolitics and the Creative Imagination3
IIJefferson and the Ambiguities of Freedom37
IIIRealism and Idealism in American Diplomacy: Franklin in Paris, Couronne par la Liberte60
IVThe Federalist Papers100
A Note On The Federalist and the Supreme Court126
VAtlantic Dimensions131
Notes153
Illustration Credits171
Acknowledgments175
Index177

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