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Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830

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According to the traditional understanding of American constitutional law, the Revolution produced a new conception of the constitution as a set of restrictions on the power of the state rather than a mere description of governmental roles. Daniel J. Hulsebosch complicates this viewpoint by arguing that American ideas of constitutions were based on British ones and that, ...more
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Published October 1st 2005 by University of North Carolina Press
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Since I started grad school, I've actually had less time to read full books. We've been so inundated with articles and selections from larger works that whenever we are assigned a complete book I've been forced to economize and skim large portions of it. This is the first book in awhile I've read cover to cover.

It's a solid one, basically examining, for the first time, the inchoate bureaucracy of the British imperial state as a force in expanding British power in America. Less convincingly, the
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