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James H. Hutson concludes his valuable 1984 survey of two hundred years of Constitutional scholarship on a pessimistic note. Scholarship, says Hutson, is at a standstill because there is no consensus on how to interpret what...
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Defending tradition is a difficult task in an age that is predisposed to innovation and change. Yet that has been the challenge to conservatives in the modern...
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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough Marlborough: His Life and Times. By Winston S. Churchill. 4 vols. (London: George G. Harrap and Company, 1933-38). Not a whit less important than...

James Wilson Scholars familiar with the writings and career of James Wilson are struck by the discrepancy between the status accorded him by most constitutional historians and the magnitude of his contributions to...

To know The Conservative Mind is to know the mind of its remarkable author, Russell Kirk. He was an old-fashioned man—courtly, retiring, serene, formal in dress and manner—whose view of the world, proclaimed by every...
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I. Burke's Legal Erudition Edmund Burke (1729–1797), was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and even before he graduated from Trinity College in 1749, his father, Richard Burke, registered him as a...
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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, by Bernard Bailyn The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, by Gordon S. Wood Bernard Bailyn and Gordon...
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America is the land of progress, speculative, contingent, pragmatic, experimental, traditionless. An American conservatism, accordingly, is oxymoronic, blundering, graceless, and embarrassing in a society devoted to change and forgetful of the past. "The storybook truth about American...

Studies of the Constitutional Convention, both "empirical" and more "impressionistic," almost always emphasize its multiplex divisions: small states vs. large, "pure" federalists against proponents of a large republic, planting states against commercial interests, south against...

The first essay of The Federalist provides a convenient point of departure for exploring Publius's conception of republicanism and the problems associated with it. Towards the end of this essay, he informs...
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By and large, the American Revolution was not an innovating upheaval, but a conservative restoration of colonial prerogatives. Accustomed from their beginnings to self-government, the colonials felt that by inheritance...