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The Resource Crisis and constitutionalism : Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution, Benjamin Straumann

Crisis and constitutionalism : Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution, Benjamin Straumann

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Crisis and constitutionalism : Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution
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Crisis and constitutionalism
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Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution
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Benjamin Straumann
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "This unique study makes both a substantial contribution to our understanding of Roman political thought and a major contribution to the reception of Roman ideas about politics. The book demonstrates the development of a very vigorous tradition of constitutional thinking that arose in response to the crises of the late Roman Republic. The study then proceeds to reorient the discussion of the debt of early modern political thought from the familiar claims about republicanism and republican virtue to the rediscovery of this tradition of Roman constitutionalism. In the first part of the book, we learn how a Roman concept of constitution emerged out of the crisis of the Republic. The increasing use of emergency measures and extraordinary powers in the late Republic provoked the politician and thinker Cicero and some of his contemporaries to turn a hitherto implicit, inchoate constitutionalism into explicit constitutional argument and constitutional theory. The crisis of the Republic thus brought about a powerful constitutionalism and convinced Cicero to articulate the norms and rights that would provide its substance; this typically Roman constitutional theory is described in the second part of the study. The third part discusses the reception of Roman constitutional thought up to the late eighteenth century and the American Founding, which gave rise to a new, constitutional republicanism. Special attention is paid to the French political theorist Jean Bodin, who emerges as a key thinker in a tradition leading up to Montesquieu and, eventually, the Federalist and John Adams. This tradition was characterized by a keen interest in the Roman Republic's decline and fall and an insistence on the limits of virtue. The crisis of the Republic was interpreted as a constitutional crisis, and the only remedy to escape the Republic's fate--military despotism--was thought to lie, not in republican virtue, but in Roman constitutionalism"--
  • "The crisis and fall of the Roman Republic spawned a tradition of political thought that sought to evade the Republic's fate--despotism. Thinkers from Cicero to Bodin, Montesquieu and the American Founders saw constitutionalism, not virtue, as the remedy. This study traces Roman constitutional thought from antiquity to the Revolutionary Era"--
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Straumann, Benjamin
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Constitutional history
  • Roman law
  • Constitutional history
  • Republicanism
  • Political science
  • Rome
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Crisis and constitutionalism : Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution, Benjamin Straumann
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-372) and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • "The sole bulwark of liberty" : constitutional rights at Rome
  • Part II.
  • A hierarchy of laws : Roman constitutional thought
  • 4.
  • Cicero and the legitimacy of political authority
  • 5.
  • Greek vs. Roman constitutional thought
  • Part III.
  • The limits of virtue : the Roman contribution to political thought
  • Introduction:
  • 6.
  • The Roman Republic as a constitutional order from the Principate to the Renaissance
  • 7.
  • Neo-Roman interlude : Machiavelli and the anti-constitutional tradition
  • 8.
  • Jean Bodin and the fall of the Roman Republic
  • Epilogue :
  • Constitutional republicanism, the "Cant-Word" virtue and the American founding
  • The fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of constitutional thought
  • Part I:
  • Inchoate constitutionalism in the late Roman Republic
  • 1.
  • "Not some piece of legislation" : the Roman concept of constitution
  • 2.
  • Infinite Power? : emergencies and extraordinary powers in constitutional argument
Control code
ocn921864523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 414 pages
Isbn
9780199950928
Lccn
2015028298
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1013360739
Label
Crisis and constitutionalism : Roman political thought from the fall of the republic to the age of revolution, Benjamin Straumann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-372) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • "The sole bulwark of liberty" : constitutional rights at Rome
  • Part II.
  • A hierarchy of laws : Roman constitutional thought
  • 4.
  • Cicero and the legitimacy of political authority
  • 5.
  • Greek vs. Roman constitutional thought
  • Part III.
  • The limits of virtue : the Roman contribution to political thought
  • Introduction:
  • 6.
  • The Roman Republic as a constitutional order from the Principate to the Renaissance
  • 7.
  • Neo-Roman interlude : Machiavelli and the anti-constitutional tradition
  • 8.
  • Jean Bodin and the fall of the Roman Republic
  • Epilogue :
  • Constitutional republicanism, the "Cant-Word" virtue and the American founding
  • The fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of constitutional thought
  • Part I:
  • Inchoate constitutionalism in the late Roman Republic
  • 1.
  • "Not some piece of legislation" : the Roman concept of constitution
  • 2.
  • Infinite Power? : emergencies and extraordinary powers in constitutional argument
Control code
ocn921864523
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 414 pages
Isbn
9780199950928
Lccn
2015028298
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1013360739

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