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Introduction: mass immigration, past and present

Introduction: mass immigration, past and present  

David A. Gerber

in American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780199365623
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195331783.003.0001
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9780195331783
The United States is a nation of diverse peoples bound together through an allegiance to the constitution. The Introduction looks at where the people of the United States have come from and ... More
The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. Bodenhamer

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Apr 2018
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9780190865689
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10.1093/actrade/9780195378320.001.0001
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9780195378320
The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes of American constitutional history—federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, ... More
5. The nation in history

5. The nation in history  

Steven Grosby

in Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776281
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840981.003.0005
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‘The nation in history’ investigates historical notions of nationhood. Nations are generally thought of as being relatively recent inventions, as it is believed that earlier societies did ... More
1. What constitution?

1. What constitution?  

Martin Loughlin

in The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778445
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697694.003.0002
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9780199697694

What constitution?’ asks why Britain never adopted a ‘modern’ constitution. The traditional view of constitution saw it as an inheritance, developed over time from the national spirit. The ... More
EpilogueThe founding fathers, history, and us

Epilogue: The founding fathers, history, and us  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780190273545
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10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0005
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9780190273514
The “Epilogue” concludes that Americans’ contentious relationship with the founding fathers has unfolded within and been shaped by two linked questions: how much do the founding fathers ... More
8. Discursive realities and surrealities

8. Discursive realities and surrealities  

Michael Freeden

in Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775673
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802811.003.0008
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9780192802811
Ideological fragmentation and malleability has led to new developments in the theory of ideology. ‘Discursive realities and surrealities’ examines the differing responses to these ... More
3. Independence

3. Independence  

Robert J. Allison

in The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
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10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.003.0003
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9780190225063
By spring 1776 British authority had collapsed in the colonies. Congress appointed John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston to draft a ... More
Introduction: a new kind of liberal

Introduction: a new kind of liberal  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0001
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9780195175394
What sort of man was Alexis de Tocqueville? A writer, certainly, and with great style, but a writer of nonfiction conveying fact and truth in compelling terms with brilliant formulations. A ... More
2. What is a nation?

2. What is a nation?  

Steven Grosby

in Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776281
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840981.003.0002
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‘What is a nation?’ attempts to define the term of nation. Nations are comprised of social (i.e. norms, customs, or language) and territorial relations, which give rise to a collective ... More
1. Words, images, meanings

1. Words, images, meanings  

R. B. Bernstein

in The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780190273545
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10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.003.0001
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The phrase “founding fathers” is central to how Americans talk about politics, and “Words, images, meanings” describes when the phrase was first coined, what it really means, and how ... More
1. First principles

1. First principles  

Andrew Preston

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2019
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Apr 2019
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9780190946036
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10.1093/actrade/9780199899395.003.0001
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9780199899395
The United States began its existence as an act of foreign policy. It is no exaggeration to say that the nation owes its very existence to the successful pursuit of war and diplomacy. ... More
2. Expansionism

2. Expansionism  

Andrew Preston

in American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2019
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Apr 2019
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9780190946036
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10.1093/actrade/9780199899395.003.0002
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9780199899395
Over the course of nearly three hundred years, the people who inhabited what came to be called the United States enlarged their territorial holdings. As they did so, their belief that ... More
The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. Allison

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780190861124
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10.1093/actrade/9780190225063.001.0001
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9780190225063
Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a radically new form of government based on the idea that people have the right to govern ... More
8. The Court and the world

8. The Court and the world  

Linda Greenhouse

in The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365821
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754540.003.0008
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9780199754540
American attitudes towards foreign law was initially ambivalent. The same can be said about foreign opinions towards American law. ‘The Court and the world’ looks at the extent the American ... More
The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction  

R. B. Bernstein

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780190273545
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10.1093/actrade/9780190273514.001.0001
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9780190273514
The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and ... More
2. Tocqueville’s praise of democracy

2. Tocqueville’s praise of democracy  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0003
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9780195175394
‘Tocqueville's praise of democracy’ explores Tocqueville's understanding of democracy and the development of this understanding in the course of his reading and experience, particularly in ... More
Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction  

Harvey Mansfield

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.001.0001
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9780195175394
Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction uncovers the man behind the landmark Democracy in America a book still considered one of the best sources for anyone trying to understand ... More
3. Informal democracy

3. Informal democracy  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0004
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9780195175394
Whilst Tocqueville sees much to admire in the formal democracy of America: the constitution and the structures devised by the Founders, ‘Informal democracy’ explores his admiration for the ... More
Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction

Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction  

Steven Grosby

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776281
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840981.001.0001
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book
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9780192840981
Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction examines the political and moral challenges that face the vast majority of human beings who consider themselves to be members of various ... More
2. Freedom’s ferment, 1750–1848

2. Freedom’s ferment, 1750–1848  

Susan Ware

in American Women's History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Mar 2015
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9780199393794
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10.1093/actrade/9780199328338.003.0003
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9780199328338
‘Freedom's ferment, 1750–1848’ asks what slavery meant for women, white and black. What would it take to win the freedom of both slaves and women, and who would plead their cause? It ... More

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