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Peace pact : the lost world of the American founding /
David C. Hendrickson.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2003.
xiv, 402 p. ; 24 cm.
0700612378 (alk. paper)
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Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2003.
0700612378 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
Hendrickson studies the American founding from the vantage point of diplomatic history and international relations. He argues that America's postcolonial union is better regarded as a peace pact among independent states than as nation making by a single people. He focuses on sectionalism, not class, and offers a unionist paradigm to compete with liberal and republican paradigms. The Federalists, he observes, worried that failure to unite would lead to the formation of rival confederations and foreign interference, while the Anti-Federalists worried that union on the consolidationist model would lead to empire and the death of republican government. The compromise hit upon was that of a federative system derived from Grotian international law, a medium that situated the country between the anarchy of states and the despotism of empire. This remarkable book--engaging, learned, well-written--includes sections on historical antecedents (Greek city-state history for the Federalists, Roman imperial history for the Anti-Federalists), colonial interpretations of the British Empire, colonial/state associations of the 1770s-1780s (principally the Articles of Confederation), early American relations with the world, and the Constitutional Convention proper. Also included are a bibliographical essay and a diagrammatic presentation of the argument. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates and above. P. Coby Smith College
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
To Philadelphiap. 3
The Great Debate of 1788p. 8
The Unionist Paradigmp. 14
An Experiment in International Cooperationp. 24
The Lessons of History
An Age of Inquiryp. 33
Greece and Romep. 36
Universal Monarchy and the Balance of Power: The View from the Eighteenth Centuryp. 40
Republiques Federative and Machiavellian Momentsp. 47
The British Setting: Continental Connections and the Balanced Constitutionp. 55
The British Empire and the American Revolution
From War to Warp. 67
Constitutional Crisisp. 70
Burden-Sharing and Representationp. 75
Plans of Union and the Imperial Predicamentp. 80
"The Great Serbonian Bog"p. 86
Rights and Wrongs, Prophets and Seersp. 90
Independence and Unionp. 104
Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
Problematics of Unionp. 115
The "Dickinson Plan"p. 127
Deadlock and Compromisep. 138
The Basis of Congressional Authorityp. 150
A Foreign Policy of Independence
Foundations of the New Diplomacyp. 161
States, Sections, and Foreign Policyp. 177
The Armistice of 1783p. 194
Peace Pact: The Writing and Ratification of the Constitution
Vices of the Critical Periodp. 211
To the Great Compromisep. 220
Commerce, Slavery, and Machiavellian Momentp. 232
"A Feudal System of Republics"p. 242
Federals and Anti-Federalsp. 249
Conclusionp. 257
A Note on Capitalization, Style, and Bibliographyp. 261
The Argument Diagramedp. 263
Associations of States: Comparative State Systems and Empiresp. 274
Constitutional Interpretation: Varieties of Federal Union, 1763-1787p. 275
American Political Thought: The Unionist Paradigm, c. 1776p. 276
Theories of American Politicsp. 277
American Diplomacy and Theories of International Relationsp. 278
Objectives, Doctrines, and Principles of Early American Diplomacyp. 279
General Map of the Interpretationp. 280
The Constitution in History: A Bibliographical Essayp. 281
List of Short Titlesp. 299
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 391
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