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Author Jankovic, Ivan, author
Title The American counter-revolution in favor of liberty : How Americans resisted modern state, 1765-1850 / by Ivan Jankovic
Imprint Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript 1 online resource (xi, 279 pages) : illustrations, digital ; 24 cm
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Note 1. The American Revolution as the Last European Peasants' Rebellion -- 2. Consent, Representation and Liberty: America as the Last Medieval Society -- 3. Shades of Anarchy: The Concept of Lawful Rebellion in America -- 4. Men of Little Faith Facing the Modern State: The Country Party Ideology in Great Britain -- 5. When in the Course of Human Events -- Hobbes, Locke and the Long Parliament against America -- 6. The Great Derailment: Philadelphia Putsch of 1787 and the Coming of the American State -- 7. 1776 Strikes Back - Antifederalist Critics of the Constitution -- 8. The Compact Theory of the Union - A Revolution within a Form -- 9. Free Market in a Small Republic - Economic Doctrines of Jeffersonians and Jacksonians -- 10. The Last Stand: John C. Calhoun -- 11. Conclusion
This book presents the case that the origins of American liberty should not be sought in the constitutional-reformist feats of its "statesmen" during the 1780s, but rather in the political and social resistance to their efforts. There were two revolutions occurring in the late 18th century America: the modern European revolution "in favour of government," pursuing national unity, "energetic" government and centralization of power (what scholars usually dub "American founding"); and a conservative, reactionary counter-revolution "in favour of liberty," defending local rights and liberal individualism against the encroaching political authority. This is a book about this liberal counter-revolution and its ideological, political and cultural sources and central protagonists. The central analytical argument of the book is that America before the Revolution was a stateless, spontaneous political order that evolved culturally, politically and economically in isolation from the modern European trends of state-building and centralization of power. The book argues, then, that a better model for understanding America is a "decoupled modernization" hypothesis, in which social modernity is divested from the politics of modern state and tied with the pre-modern social institutions
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Subject Democracy -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Liberty -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Government, Resistance to -- United States -- History -- 18th century
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
US Politics
Political History
Political Theory
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