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Constitutional History of the American Revolution The Authority to Legislate (volume3) cover
  • ISBN: 9780299130701
  • ISBN10: 0299130703

Constitutional History of the American Revolution The Authority to Legislate (volume3)

by John Phillip Reid

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1992
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Brilliantly executed....Reid's central argument is reserved for his contentions about how the American Revolution occurred within the British constitutional framework. Crucial is his assertion that the eighteenth-century British constitution itself was a vital crossroad between the old constitution of 'customary powers, with rights secured as property' and the newer constitution 'of sovereign command and of arbitrary parliamentary supremacy.' The conflict between the two was profound and ultimately irreconcilable as the Americans, with occasional misgivings and uncertainties, sustained the old and Parliament lurched toward the new...This book (has) a compelling intellectual force that deserves the closest scrutiny.' -George M. Curtis III, American Historical Review
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