More than a Historian

More than a Historian : The Political and Economic Thought of Charles A.Beard

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Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) was one of America's most influential historians and political scientists. He played a major role in founding the disciplines of history and political science, helped shape the teaching of social studies in the nation's public schools, and was one the nation's most popular public intellectuals. Yet in the second half of the twentieth century, Beard's reputation has been eroded by relentless criticism. Clyde W. Barrow argues that Beard's work has renewed relevance in light of recent theoretical debates about the new institutionalism, the crisis of the welfare state, and American foreign policy messianism. Barrow's takes Beard seriously as a political theorist, while challenging many misconceptions. For example, Beard's method of economic interpretation has been dismissed as Marxist, but Barrow carefully reconstructs the sources of Beard's thinking to demonstrate that his method owes more to historical and institutional economics and that his concept of state-society relations was in fact derived from Madison's Tenth Federalist. Barrow reconstructs Beard's theory of American political development using his concept of realistic dialectics, which viewed the clash between democracy (Jeffersonianism) and capitalism (Hamiltonianism) as the engine of American political development. During the 1930s, Beard suggested that the United States was making the transition to a higher form of social and industrial democracy that would supersede the contradiction of American political development. Notably, Beard was a critic of the New Deal and the liberal welfare state, because they failed to reconstruct the economic relations that reproduce inequalities of income, status, and power.Beard went on to voice his concern that at crucial junctures in American history, class struggle is diverted into international conflicts as popular leaders back down from a direct confrontation with the dominant capitalist elite. He analyzes American foreign policy as an extension of domestic economic policy and, in particular, a result of the failures of domestic economic policy. Beard's conception of American history plays itself out in a tragic cycle of imperialism and diversion that left him a disenchanted realist. This incisive study will be of interest to those intrested in the evolution of historical thinking.
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  • Hardback | 289 pages
  • 160.5 x 237.5 x 27.4mm | 746.47g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765800276
  • 9780765800275

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"Clyde Barrow's "More Than a Historian" provides a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Bread, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read" With 42 books, scores of coauthored books, and hundreds of articles and book reviews, Beard can be only characterized as amazingly prolific. Yet the only book that still resonates in political science and American History is "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution"(1913). Barrows history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." - American Political Science Review "As Clyde Barrow's fine book demonstrates, Beard's emphasis on the connection between political ideas and policies and social and economic structure, as well as his courage and maverick political temperament, have much to offer critical and left social scientists." - "New Political Science" "Clyde Barrow has created a rich book...a careful, contextual, historically situated set of chapters analyzing Beard's ideas on history, political economy, constitutions, and policy." - "The Review of Politics" ."..a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Beard, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read"(p. xvi)....Barrow's history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." - "American Political Science Review" -Charles A. Beard found that the important question facing democracies was whether planning would be conducted by private corporations, state technology, or some democratically accountable form of economic governance... Those who do not read Beard should read Barrow's interpretation of Beard. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.-

--P. Barton-Kriese, Choice -Clyde Barrow's More Than a Historian provides a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Bread, a political scientist whom he places in the -pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read- With 42 books, scores of coauthored books, and hundreds of articles and book reviews, Beard can be only characterized as amazingly prolific. Yet the only book that still resonates in political science and American History is An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution(1913). Barrows history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again.- --American Political Science Review -As Clyde Barrow's fine book demonstrates, Beard's emphasis on the connection between political ideas and policies and social and economic structure, as well as his courage and maverick political temperament, have much to offer critical and left social scientists.- --New Political Science -Clyde Barrow has created a rich book...a careful, contextual, historically situated set of chapters analyzing Beard's ideas on history, political economy, constitutions, and policy.- --The Review of Politics -...a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Beard, a political scientist whom he places in the -pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read-(p. xvi)....Barrow's history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again.- --American Political Science Review "Charles A. Beard found that the important question facing democracies was whether planning would be conducted by private corporations, state technology, or some democratically accountable form of economic governance... Those who do not read Beard should read Barrow's interpretation of Beard. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."

--P. Barton-Kriese, Choice "Clyde Barrow's More Than a Historian provides a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Bread, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read" With 42 books, scores of coauthored books, and hundreds of articles and book reviews, Beard can be only characterized as amazingly prolific. Yet the only book that still resonates in political science and American History is An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution(1913). Barrows history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." --American Political Science Review "As Clyde Barrow's fine book demonstrates, Beard's emphasis on the connection between political ideas and policies and social and economic structure, as well as his courage and maverick political temperament, have much to offer critical and left social scientists." --New Political Science "Clyde Barrow has created a rich book...a careful, contextual, historically situated set of chapters analyzing Beard's ideas on history, political economy, constitutions, and policy." --The Review of Politics ..".a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Beard, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read"(p. xvi)....Barrow's history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." --American Political Science Review "Charles A. Beard found that the important question facing democracies was whether planning would be conducted by private corporations, state technology, or some democratically accountable form of economic governance... Those who do not read Beard should read Barrow's interpretation of Beard. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above." --P. Barton-Kriese, Choice "Clyde Barrow's "More Than a Historian" provides a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Bread, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read" With 42 books, scores of coauthored books, and hundreds of articles and book reviews, Beard can be only characterized as amazingly prolific. Yet the only book that still resonates in political science and American History is "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution"(1913). Barrows history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." --American Political Science Review "As Clyde Barrow's fine book demonstrates, Beard's emphasis on the connection between political ideas and policies and social and economic structure, as well as his courage and maverick political temperament, have much to offer critical and left social scientists." --"New Political Science" "Clyde Barrow has created a rich book...a careful, contextual, historically situated set of chapters analyzing Beard's ideas on history, political economy, constitutions, and policy." --"The Review of Politics" ..".a fascinating intellectual history of Charles Beard, a political scientist whom he places in the "pantheon of thinkers that most scholars no longer read"(p. xvi)....Barrow's history of Beard gives us ample reason finally to read it or read it again." --"American Political Science Review"
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