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The Birth of American Political Thought, 1763-87 - Dick Howard

The Birth of American Political Thought, 1763-87

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Published: 25th July 1990
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What was 'revolutionary' in the process by which the thirteen North American colonies affirmed their independence? What is it about that 'revolution' that still colours the way in which Americans engage in politics? Dick Howard, author of The Marxian Legacy, Defining the Political and The Politics of Critique uses a similar framework to look at America. What is the political, how does a critique of the present become a politics for the future, and especially, what becomes of radical politics once it abandons the economistic promises of Marxism? This book originally published in French, as part of the political debate leading up to the bi-centenary of the French Revolution, was awarded the 'Prix Littraire de l'Association France-tats-Unis.' The present translation has been revised by the author, who has added a new Introduction, and an Afterword relating his argument to the two crucial novelties of American politics; the invention of a party system, and the institution of judicial review.

Introduction: the revolution as historical object, philosophical subject and political modernity. Part 1 Toward independence - sovereignty and the rights of man: the birth and the end of the First English Empire and American independence; the declaration of independence and the question of sovereignty; the revolution as rupture?. Part 2 Free institutions - the representation of the common good and the individual: the birth of the United States - the war, politics, the post-war period; history conceived - Republican institutions - radical Conservatives - Massachusetts and Virginia;, the confederated state; history reflected; problems of political theory; revolution and counterrevolution. Part 3 From Republican politics to liberal sociology: bankruptcy of the Confederation?; toward the Constitution - the Virginia Plan; the New Jersey plan; how to represent popular sovereignty?; to understand oneself as a revolutionary.

ISBN: 9780333464939
ISBN-10: 0333464931
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 25th July 1990
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2