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"For well over a century, the authorship of the individual essays of The Federalist was a matter of great uncertainty. The initial source of this uncertainty simply reflected the conventional practices of eighteenth-century political writing, when most polemical pieces, especially those appearing in newspapers, were published pseudonymously. When Alexander Hamilton, the instigator and chief author of The Federalist, chose Publius as the penname, he was paying homage to Valerius Publius Publicola, the 6th-century b.c.e. aristocrat who was a chief founder of the Roman republic. His two co-authors, James Madison and John Jay, would have welcomed his choice. Madison in particular would have saluted Publius' distinguished republican credentials. A major part of Madison's preparations for the Federal Convention of 1787 involved his comparative study of "ancient and modern confederacies" and his thorough assessment of the failings of popular government recorded in his famous memorandum on the "Vices of the Political System of the United States." Madison returned to that project shortly after the Convention adjourned on September 17, 1787. Within the next few years, he developed an even more ambitious plan--apparently never fulfilled--consulting writings either from antiquity or about it to provide the framework for a study of modern republican government"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Publius and the Antifederalists : a satisfactory answer to all the objections? / David J. Siemers John Jay, the Federalist, and the Constitution / Quentin P. Taylor Hamilton on security, war, and revenue / Max M. Edling Reason against passion : institutional balance, international relations, and the law of nations in the Federalist / David M. Golove & Daniel J. Hulsebosch The Federalist's new federalism / Michael Zuckert The political psychology of Publius : reason, interest, and interest in the Federalist / Jon Elster Montesquieu, Hume, Adam Smith, and the philosophical perspective of the Federalist / Paul S. Rahe Madison's republican remedy : the tenth Federalist and the creation of an impartial republic / Alan Gibson The republicanism of Publius / Colleen A. Sheehan The interests of the man : James Madison's constitutional politics / Larry D. Kramer Politics indoors and out-of-doors : a fault line in Madison's thinking / Jack Rakove "The cool and deliberate sense of the community" : the Federalist on Congress / Greg Weiner Publius on monarchy / Eric Nelson The Federalist and the judiciary / William M. Treanor Publius' political science / John Ferejohn & Roderick Hills The republican form of government in the Federalist / Harvey C. Mansfield.
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Online resource (Cambridge Core web site, viewed March 3, 2020); title from PDF title page.
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Print version: Cambridge companion to the Federalist. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019