Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement
By (author) Alan Houston
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Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement by Alan Houston
Book DescriptionThis fascinating book explores Benjamin Franklin's social and political thought. Although Franklin is often considered "the first American," his intellectual world was cosmopolitan. An active participant in eighteenth-century Atlantic debates over the modern commercial republic, Franklin combined abstract analyses with practical proposals. Houston treats Franklin as shrewd, creative, and engaged--a lively thinker who joined both learned controversies and political conflicts at home and abroad. Drawing on meticulous archival research, Houston examines such tantalizing themes as trade and commerce, voluntary associations and civic militias, population growth and immigration policy, political union and electoral institutions, freedom and slavery. In each case, he shows how Franklin urged the improvement of self and society. Engagingly written and richly illustrated, this book provides a compelling portrait of Franklin, a fresh perspective on American identity, and a vital account of what it means to be practical.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300124477
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alan Houston
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This book highlights the ways in which England became a modern society between 1640 and 1700.
Franklin: The Autobiography and other Writings on Politics, Economics, and Virtue, Paperback (October 2004)» View all books by Alan Houston
A full and representative selection of Benjamin Franklin's most important political writings.
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Author Biography - Alan Houston
Alan Houston is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in San Diego.
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