A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State

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THE IDEOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO
STATE EXPANSION

It would be a fundamental mistake to assume a priori a complete correspondence between the historical sociology of state formation and the conceptual history of the “state, ” or, in more general terms, between institutional and intellectual development, between political reality and political rhetoric. But it would be an equally great mistake to assume that there is no relation whatsoever. As a prominent historian of ideas has said, “political life itself sets the main problems for the political theorist, causing a certain range of issues to appear problematic, and a corresponding range of questions to become the leading subjects of debate.” 1 It would certainly have been remarkable if the great expansion of the fiscal and military capacity of central government in the early modern period had gone unnoticed by contemporaries, so as to leave no mark on historical, political and social reflection. In fact, it did not. As this chapter will show, there existed in the Anglo-American world of political discourse a complete vocabulary with which to respond to the growth of the British fiscal-military state.


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Military historians have pointed to the French invasion of Italy in the late fifteenth century as the “catalyst” for the military revolution, which in turn provided the impetus for early modern state formation. 2 The invasion also prompted contemporary political writers to consider its significance and, indeed, modern political thought is commonly held to have originated in the period. To Niccolò Machiavelli, France's invasion seemed an event of profound importance and it brought about his call for the reformation of the Italian city-states. Although his belief in the ability of the citizensoldier and in the possibility for city-states to survive in a world of emerging

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