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The Imperial Republic

James G. WilsonCleveland State University, USA

ISBN13: 9780754621997
ISBN: 0754621995
Published: September 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

James Wilson addresses the enduring relationship that the American constitution has with the concept of ""empire"". His research from colonial times to the turn of the 20th century leads him to conclude that imperial ambition has profoundly influenced American constitutional law, theory and politics.

Constructing a model of republican empires; Early constitutional structures; Creating the imperial constitution; The struggle over the form, character, and direction of the new empire; The republican empire of conquest; Chief Justice John Marshall's Hamiltonian empire - turning constitutional conventions Into constitutional law; Imperial competition during the ante-bellum era; John C. Calhoun, Dred Scott v. Candford and the Lincoln-Douglas debates - turning constitutional theories and conventions into constitutional law; The formation of the modern American empire.