No competing edition of The Federalist offers nearly as much help in grasping Publius' arguments in defense of the new but unratified United States Constitution of 1787 as this new annotated edition by J. R. Pole. Essay by essay--with ample cross-references and glosses on 18th-century linguistic usage--Pole's commentary lays bare the intellectual background and assumptions of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay; explicates and critiques The Federalist's central concepts, rhetorical strategies, and arguments; and points up the international, national, and local facts on the ground relevant to Confederation Era New Yorkers, the constituency to which The Federalist was originally addressed.
Pole's Introduction, a brief chronology of political events from 1688 to 1791, a brief overview of the themes of the essays, the text of the Constitution cross-referenced to The Federalist, and an index of proper names, concepts, and themes that also functions as a glossary further distinguish this edition.
"This edition will surely replace existing editions. The quality, accuracy and thoroughness of the annotation is quite impressive. Many notes are nice little essays in themselves. This edition will make a significant contribution to the scholarship on The Federalist. I always thought it a splendid idea and the execution shows off Professor Pole's erudition with subtlety and grace..." -- Joyce Appleby, UCLA. "This is a well-edited, interesting version of The Federalist that certainly makes a contribution to Federalist scholarship. The editing is very well done -- and well-written..." -- Ralph Ketcham, Syracuse University.
Series: Hackett Classics
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 3rd March 2005
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74