By Wendell John Coats Jr.
This booklet is a suite of 4 essays and shorter items which are associated with the subject matter of Republican personality in addition to masking such various themes as liberal arts eduction and American safeguard coverage.
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Four distinct editions appeared in 1961 alone. 39 Indeed, Federalist 51, by James Madison, is a concise digest of the way in which a liberal pluralism in a greater republic is nourished by political debate: ‘Ambition must be made to counteract ambition . . It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. ’40 By emphasizing the balance of power at the heart of the American Revolution’s accomplishments, the historians of the 1950s and 1960s also underscored that compromise was the leitmotif of America’s ‘greatest’ philosophical document.
This paradoxical situation – popular interest, scholarly dearth – would soon be partially rectified. 22 True to the spirit of this call, members of the American Historical Association supported a proposal by French scholars in 1925 for an ‘international journal of comparative cultural history’. The members of the French contingent – Lucien Febvre and Marc Bloch – were, in fact, proposing to their American colleagues to join forces in what would become les Annales in 1929. 24 In France during the same epoch, a cosmopolitan Atlanticism was reflected in the work of Alphonse Aulard and Philippe Sagnac, the first two tenured nominees of the Sorbonne Chair in the French Revolution.
Finally, this interpretation will point to several as yet unresolved problems, difficulties and challenges resistant to scholarly inquiry of the revolutionary Atlantic. From Tocqueville to Paris en Amérique in the nineteenth century . . The nineteenth century, marked by the emergence of many forms of nationalisms, was not necessarily a good one for cosmopolitan historiographies accentuating international influences between nations. European historiography of the nineteenth century stressed the specific qualities of each nation to distinguish their particular genius.
A Theory of Republican Character and Related Essays by Wendell John Coats Jr.