Eminent Victorians on American Democracy: The View from Albion

Paperback | November 3, 2013

byFrank Prochaska

not yet rated|write a review
Eminent Victorians on American Democracy surveys a wide range of British opinion on the United States in the nineteenth century. It highlights the views of John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Sir Henry Maine, and James Bryce, who wrote extensively on American government and society. America wassignificant to them not only because it was the world's most advanced democracy, but also because it was a political experiment that was seen to anticipate the future of Britain.The Victorians made a memorable contribution to the continuing debate over the character and origins of democracy through their perceptive examination of issues ranging from the US Constitution to its practical application, from the Supreme Court to the party system. Their trenchant commentarypunctures several popular American assumptions, not least the idea of "exceptionalism".What distinguishes the Victorian writers was their willingness to examine the US Constitution dispassionately at a time when Americans treated it as a sacred document. Although the United States has changed dramatically since they wrote, much of their commentary remains remarkably prescient, if onlybecause the American government retains so much of its eighteenth-century character. Today, when rival American priesthoods see the Constitution in the light of their particular altars, it is worth revisiting what leading Victorians had to say about it.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$42.00

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Eminent Victorians on American Democracy surveys a wide range of British opinion on the United States in the nineteenth century. It highlights the views of John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Sir Henry Maine, and James Bryce, who wrote extensively on American government and society. America wassignificant to them not only because it was ...

Frank Prochaska was born and educated in America but has lived much of his life in England. His previous books include The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy (2008); Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain (2006); The Republic of Britain 1760-2000 (2000); Royal Bounty: The Making of a Welfare Monarchy (19...

other books by Frank Prochaska

The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot
The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot

Kobo ebook|Sep 28 2013

$38.39 online$49.87list price(save 23%)
see all books by Frank Prochaska
Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199653798

ISBN - 13:9780199653799

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Eminent Victorians on American Democracy: The View from Albion

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Transatlantic Attitudes2. John Stuart Mill: The Tyranny of Conformity3. Walter Bagehot: The Tyranny of the Constitution4. Sir Henry Maine: Democracy Denied5. James Bryce: Anglo-Saxon Democracy6. Conclusion: Anglo-American ExceptionalismNotesIndex