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Published: 09 October 2008

528 Pages | one map


ISBN: 9780192805928

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The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and Lawrence Goldman

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Federalist Papers were written in the winter of 1787-8 with the aim of persuading the citizens of New York to ratify the newly drafted Consitution of the United States; written by three leading players in the events of the American Revolution, these 85 essays together represent the most important work of political thought to have come out of America.
  • The arguments set down in The Federalist Papers have continuing relevance for the power-sharing basis between individual states and federal government that operates today.
  • This is the first edition to explain all the many classical, mythological, and historical references in the text, and to pay due attention to the learning of the three authors, which enabled them to place the infant American republic in a long tradition of self-governing states.
  • The Introduction explains the historical background leading up to the drafting of the Constitution; analyses the psychological and philosophical premises of the authors; and place The Federalist Papers in the history of western political thought.
  • Includes a synopsis of the argument developed in the 85 essays; a chronology of events; full bibliography; map of the US in 1776; and the American Constitution in an Appendix.