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American States of Nature transforms our understanding of the American Revolution and the early makings of the Constitution. Surveying thousands of texts produced between 1761 and 1775, including hundreds of archival discoveries, this book shows that the state of nature was among the most crucial revolutionary concepts. The founding generation drew not only on English sources, such as Hobbes and Locke, but also on Grotius, Pufendorf, Rousseau, Vattel, andothers, to develop an original and distinct American view of the state of nature as a natural community where colonists could pool their rights to self-defense and self-government.…mehr

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American States of Nature transforms our understanding of the American Revolution and the early makings of the Constitution. Surveying thousands of texts produced between 1761 and 1775, including hundreds of archival discoveries, this book shows that the state of nature was among the most crucial revolutionary concepts. The founding generation drew not only on English sources, such as Hobbes and Locke, but also on Grotius, Pufendorf, Rousseau, Vattel, andothers, to develop an original and distinct American view of the state of nature as a natural community where colonists could pool their rights to self-defense and self-government.
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Mark Somos is Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow and Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and co-editor-in-chief of Grotiana. He is the author of Secularisation and the Leiden Circle, co-editor (with László Kontler) of Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought, and co-author (with Dániel Margócsy and Stephen Joffe) of The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions.