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The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty

How Americans Resisted Modern State, 1765–1850

Authors: Jankovic, Ivan

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  • Argues that America is the last medieval society
  • Claims that the American Revolution was a rebellion against the modern state
  • Makes the case that political localism in America goes together with free market economics
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This book presents the case that the origins of American liberty should not be sought in the constitutional-reformist feats of its “statesmen” during the 1780s, but rather in the political and social resistance to their efforts. There were two revolutions occurring in the late 18th century America: the modern European revolution “in favour of government,” pursuing national unity, “energetic” government and centralization of power (what scholars usually dub “American founding”); and a conservative, reactionary counter-revolution “in favour of liberty,” defending local rights and liberal individualism against the encroaching political authority. This is a book about this liberal counter-revolution and its ideological, political and cultural sources and central protagonists. The central analytical argument of the book is that America before the Revolution was a stateless, spontaneous political order that evolved culturally, politically and economically in isolation from the modern European trends of state-building and centralization of power. The book argues, then, that a better model for understanding America is a “decoupled modernization” hypothesis, in which social modernity is divested from the politics of modern state and tied with the pre-modern social institutions.


About the authors

Ivan Jankovic is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Mary, North Dakota, USA. His main research interests are Austrian and Public choice economics, American Revolution, political theory of federalism and decentralized order as well as history and theory of classical liberalism.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • The American Revolution as the Last European Peasants’ Rebellion

    Pages 3-17

    Jankovic, Ivan

  • Consent, Representation, and Liberty: America as the Last Medieval Society

    Pages 19-45

    Jankovic, Ivan

  • Shades of Anarchy: The Concept of Lawful Rebellion in America Introduction

    Pages 47-73

    Jankovic, Ivan

  • Men of Little Faith Facing the Modern State: The Country Party Ideology in Great Britain

    Pages 77-103

    Jankovic, Ivan

  • When in the Course of Human Events…—Hobbes, Locke, and the Long Parliament Against America

    Pages 105-129

    Jankovic, Ivan

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03733-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03732-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The American Counter-Revolution in Favor of Liberty
Book Subtitle
How Americans Resisted Modern State, 1765–1850
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03733-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03733-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03732-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 279
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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