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The New Urban Atlantic

Stumbling Towards the Constitution

The Economic Consequences of Freedom in the Atlantic World

Authors: Chu, J.

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Jonathan Chu explores individual economic and legal behaviors, connecting them to adjustments in trade relations with Europe and Asia, the rise in debt litigation in Western Massachusetts, deflation and monetary illiquidity, and the Bank of North America.

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JONATHAN M. CHU Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA.

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'In this fascinating and exhaustively researched study, Jonathan Chu explores how between 1783 and 1787 the thirteen former colonies lurched toward a new understanding of 'governing in freedom.' With marked difficulty, they struggled to add muscle to an existing frame work for 'a central government that transcended state sovereignty.' Chu has produced a very impressive piece of historical scholarship.' - Jonathan Lurie, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Rutgers University

'Stumbling Towards the Constitution is an ambitious reconsideration of the Confederation period of American history. Chu surveys a wide range of economic activity land speculation, banks, Atlantic trade, China trade, and more to explore the ramifications of the economic changes that accompanied the Revolution. He argues powerfully and persuasively that the strategies Americans devised to cope with debt, insolvency, and a dysfunctional monetary system forced them to frame questions of political economy in ways that led to more fundamental consideration of the constitutional powers they would formulate in 1787. The result is a new understanding of the where the economic powers embodied in the Constitution came from.' - Bruce H. Mann, Carl F. Schipper, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard University


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Independence, the United States, and the Atlantic Community

    Chu, Jonathan M.

    Pages 1-18

  • Reorienting Trade: The Origins of Sino-American Trade

    Chu, Jonathan M.

    Pages 19-41

  • American Merchants in the Postrevolutionary World

    Chu, Jonathan M.

    Pages 43-69

  • Debt and Taxes: The Economy, State Action, and Private Behavior

    Chu, Jonathan M.

    Pages 71-89

  • Illiquidity, Depression, and Debt Litigation in Western Massachusetts

    Chu, Jonathan M.

    Pages 91-108

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $110.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stumbling Towards the Constitution
Book Subtitle
The Economic Consequences of Freedom in the Atlantic World
Authors
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01080-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137010803
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34046-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34306-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 277
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