An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States

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Free Press, Sep 5, 1986 - Political Science - 330 pages
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First published in 1913, Beard’s iconoclastic masterwork sparked a deep historical debate that has not abated. Scrutinizing the Constitution in light of economic forces, he proposed for the first time that this politico-legal document was shaped by a group of men whose commercial interests were best served by its provisions. One hundred years later, An Economic Interpretation continues to stand the test of time, raising important questions about commercial and political power and generating radical new insights into our laws and our economy.

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“Economic elements,” according to Charles Beard, “are the chief factors in the development of political institutions.” (6) Beard lamented the fact that economic factors had been ignored in historical ... Read full review

Review: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States

User Review  - Michael Huang - Goodreads

The 4 stars rating is for making unconventional arguments while backing it up with sound logic and evidences. The book itself is not always fun to read as there's a lot of "raw evidence" even a hardcore historian will not necessarily find interesting. Read full review


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Historical Interpretation in the United States

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Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) is considered one of the most influential American historians in the first half of the twentieth century. Some of his works include Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy, and The Administration and Politics of Tokyo.

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