The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Alexander Hamilton, By (author) James Madison, By (author) John Jay, By (author) Lawrence Goldman

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192805924
  • ISBN 13: 9780192805928
  • Illustrations note: one map
  • Sales rank: 205,803

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'A nation without a national government is an awful spectacle.' In the winter of 1787-8 a series of eighty-five essays appeared in the New York press; the purpose of the essays was to persuade the citizens of New York State to ratify the Constitution of the United States. The three authors - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay - were respectively the first Secretary of the Treasury, the fourth President, and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in American history. Each had played a crucial role in the events of the American Revolution; together they were convinced of the need to weld thirteen disparate and newly-independent states into a union. Their essays make the case for a new and united nation, governed under a written Constitution that endures to this day. The Federalist Papers are an indispensable guide to the intentions of the founding fathers who created the United States, and a canonical text in the development of western political thought. This new edition pays full attention to the classical learning of their authors and the historical examples they deploy. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Lawrence Goldman is editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and he has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British History, including Britain's social and political relations with the United States.

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Admirable introduction...Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on adding it to its collection of World's Classics. Howard Temperley, TLS