Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 - Studies in Legal History (Paperback)
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Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 - Studies in Legal History (Paperback)

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In his paradigm-shifting analysis, Daniel J. Hulsebosch captures the essential paradox at the heart of American constitutional history: the Revolution, which brought political independence and substituted the people for the British crown as the source of legitimate authority, also led to the establishment of newly powerful constitutions and a new postcolonial genre of constitutional law that would have been the envy of the British imperial agents who had struggled to govern the colonies before the Revolution.The revolutionary transformation did not, therefore, consist of a new conception of the constitution as a set of restrictions on the power of the state, Hulsebosch argues. Instead, it entailed a search for new ways of framing, empowering, and limiting official power. Hulsebosch demonstrates that these constitutional experiments were informed by imperial experience and continued well into the nineteenth century, as New York moved from the periphery of the British Atlantic empire to the center of a new continental empire.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807859209
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
Edition: New edition

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