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A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State

Max. M Edling


In this new interpretation of America's origins, the author argues that during the Constitutional debates, the Federalists were primarily concerned with building a state able to act vigorously in defense of American national interests. By transferring the powers of war making and resource extraction from states to the national government, the US Constitution created a nation‐state invested with all the important powers of Europe's eighteenth‐century “fiscal‐military states.” However, the political traditions and institutions of America, whose people had a deeply ingrained distrust of unduly co ... More

Keywords: American political institutions, American political traditions, American state, anti‐statism, centralized government, distrust of authority, Federalism, fiscal powers, governmental power, military powers, national government, nation‐state, ratification of the US Constitution, state formation, state government, US Constitution, USA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195148703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Max. M Edling, author