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Eminent Victorians on American Democracy: The View from Albion

 
 
Author
Frank Prochaska.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780199640614
Pages/Publication Date 169/2012
Daedalus Item Code 50936
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The American experiment in democracy was intensely fascinating among the Victorians, in part because it was seen to anticipate the future of Britain. They were able to examine the U.S. Constitution dispassionately at a time when Americans treated it as a sacred document. And although the United States has changed dramatically since they wrote, much of their commentary remains remarkably prescient, if only because the American government retains so much of its 18th-century character. This book from the author of The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy surveys a wide range of British opinion on the United States and highlights the views of John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Henry Maine, and James Bryce, who wrote extensively on American government and society. Today, when rival American priesthoods see the Constitution in the light of their particular altars, it is worth revisiting what leading Victorians had to say about it. It may come as a shock to American readers.
 
 
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