Det amerikanska imperiets födelse: En undersökning av USA:s grundande

Tidsperiod: 2013-01-01 till 2015-12-31

Projektledare: Max Edling

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 1 776 000 SEK

This inquiry into the founding of the United States contrasts the notion that the American republic was created as the first liberal nation with an alternative understanding of the early republic as a composite state carrying over fundamental political principles and institutions from the first British Empire. The United States should be understood as an early modern rather than a modern institution, as a variant of the empire rather than the nation-state.An inquiry of ideas and institutions, it proceeds by investigating constitutional and statute law and political debates in the period of the American founding. Law is a key institution to understand the United States because the law is held to express and embody the nation?s values. An inquiry into the law is therefore an inquiry into fundamental political principles. The aim of the project is to develop a historically accurate concept of the early American polity incorporating recent work on colonial history, federalism, and subaltern groups. Whereas the liberal nation is characterized by the sovereignty and unity of the people, made up of citizens bearing universal rights and obligations, the early American empire was characterized by the composite nature of the state, the hierarchical organization of the population, and the institutionalization of inequality.