The Idea of a Party System
The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840
By (author) Richard Hofstadter
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Idea of a Party System by Richard Hofstadter
Book DescriptionThis work traces the historical processes in thought by which American political leaders slowly edged away from their complete philosophical rejection of a party and hesitantly began to embrace a party system. In the author's words, "The emergence of legitimate party opposition and of a theory of politics that accepted it was something new in the history of the world; it required a bold new act of understanding on the part of its contemporaries and it still requires study on our part." Professor Hofstadter's analysis of the idea of party and the development of legitimate opposition offers fresh insights into the political crisis of 1797-1801, on the thought of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, and other leading figures, and on the beginnings of modern democratic politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520017542
(210mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1970
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Hofstadter
American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made it, Paperback (May 1989)
Biographical portraits of leading American statesmen from Thomas Jefferson to Franklin D. Roosevelt provide insight into the main currents of the nation's political heritage.
Age of Reform, Paperback (August 1988)
Examines the urge for progress and reform from 1890 to 1940, describes the motives of the reformers and the opposition they faced.
America at 1750, Paperback (March 1974)» View all books by Richard Hofstadter
Illuminates the nature of political culture in mid-eighteenth-century America, calling attention to immigration, slavery, the middle class, and religion. Bibliogs.
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Author Biography - Richard Hofstadter
The late Richard Hofstadter was DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles on American History and twice received the Pulitzer Prize: in History in 1956, and in general nonfiction in 1964.
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