October 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Republican Revolution.
2. Little Republics.
3. Pursuits of Happiness.
4. Federal Republic and Extended Union.
Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jeffersonian Memorial
Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His
books include Origins of the Federal Republic (1983),
Statehood and Union (1987), and Jefferson's Empire
Leonard J. Sadosky is a Ph.D. candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He was a dissertation fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, 2000-2001.
- Presents a fresh analysis of Thomas Jefferson's vision of American nationhood
- Underscores the importance of foreign policy for the early American republic
- Discusses the origins of the War of 1812 in the light of intra-national political conflicts
"In this well crafted and knowledgeable book, Onuf and Sadosky
offer us a splendid lens through which to view Jefferson and the
early republic. We thereby gain a greater insight into the origins
of American political culture." Paul A. Gilje, University of
"Onuf and Sadowski ... examine family structure and the
structure of local government, political economy and race, and
federalism and diplomacy, providing a deft analysis of Jefferson's
conception of nationhood during the country's formative years."
"The book's ideological, synthetic and integrative approach emphasizes the themes of contingency and even anxiety in the life of the new nation, which the authors would contend was elided by previous generations of historiographical simplification and overspeculation. Indeed this volume significantly clarifies our understanding of the persistent orientation of the young United States towards the western frontier and the Atlantic world." Johnathan o'Neill, University of London