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The Federalist


  • Page extent: 640 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.88 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 342.73/029
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JK155 .F42 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Federalist
    • Constitutional history--United States
    • United States--Politics and government--1783-1789

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521806503 | ISBN-10: 052180650X)

The Federalist represents one side of one of the most momentous political debates ever conducted: whether to ratify, or to reject, the newly-drafted American constitution. To understand the debate properly requires attention to opposing Antifederalist arguments against the Constitution, and this new and authoritative student-friendly edition presents in full all eighty-five Federalist papers written by the pseudonymous 'Publius' (Hamilton, Madison, and Jay), along with the sixteen letters of 'Brutus', the prominent but still unknown New York Antifederalist who was Publius's most formidable foe. Each is systematically cross-referenced to the other, and both to the appended Articles of Confederation and US Constitution, making the reader acutely aware of the cut-and-thrust of debate in progress. The distinguished political theorist Terence Ball provides all of the standard series editorial features, including brief biographies and notes for further reading, making this the most accessible rendition ever of a classic of political thought in action.

• The most accessible and authoritative edition ever of a classic of political theory in action • Terence Ball very senior and experienced editor (Jefferson and James Mill in same series) • Both federalist and antifederalist tracts presented in same volume


Preface; Introduction; Synopsis; Chronology; Biographical synopses; A note on sources and abbreviations; Bibliographical note; The Federalist; Letters of Brutus; Appendices The Articles of Confederation and Constitution of the United States.

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