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The French RepublicHistory, Values, Debates$
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Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001

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The USA, Sister Republic

The USA, Sister Republic

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The French Republic

François Weil

, Arthur Goldhammer
Cornell University Press

This chapter considers a variety of definitions in American republicanism, particularly in its differences with the French ideal. It argues that American republicanism was not a straightforward copy of classic republicanism, given how it was distinguished by its relation to commerce. Furthermore, the revolutionary and postrevolutionary republican project drew on various traditions, including that of English radicalism, which it adapted to its own political goals. Republicanism was not so much a coherent ideology as a catalog of references, ideals, and aspirations on which Americans have drawn for more than two centuries. Its semantic range extends from classical republicanism to liberal republicanism and on to republican liberalism.

Keywords:   American republicanism, classical republicanism, liberal republicanism, revolutionary republicanism, postrevolutionary republicanism, republican liberalism, commerce, capitalism, virtue

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