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America’s Necessity

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782192.003.0004
America’s Necessity

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This chapter examines the formation of the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of realism, constructivism, liberalism, and binding/republican security theory. It finds that while the unification of the United States is a tough case for realism, only realism can explain it. The United States united because they faced optimally intense, indefinite, symmetrical threats, and pro-union elites were in key positions to put their controversial policy in place.

Keywords: early American history; early American foreign policy; U.S. Constitution; Bill of Rights; realism; liberalism; constructivism; republican security theory

Chapter.  6992 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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