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Nature and History in American Political Development: A Debate (Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures on American Politics) Hardcover – March 31, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0674021587 ISBN-10: 0674021584 Edition: First Edition (US) First Printing

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Ceaser's analysis of American history is highly sophisticated and impressive...The discussants, two political scientists and one historian, give the volume balance both politically and intellectually...[An] engaging, deeply thoughtful, and public-spirited volume. (Daniel Walker Howe Claremont Review of Books 2006-09-01)


James Ceaser has uncovered a profoundly vital aspect of American politics known by political leaders for centuries but ignored by the discipline of political science. His lecture on foundational concepts stimulated a vigorous debate on the ways students of politics should understand the role of ideas. The responses by Jack Rakove, Nancy Rosenblum, and Rogers Smith pose tough questions and Ceaser responds to their challenges in a wonderful exchange. Nature and History in American Political Development opens up an arena in the study of American politics that is new and especially important. (Jeffrey K. Tulis, University of Texas at Austin)

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Product Details

  • Series: Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures on American Politics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674021584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674021587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Neel on February 24, 2015
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Could have been better. A good overview, extremely shallow in many respects but a good introduction to the development in American Thought.
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