Republicanism: the Career of a Concept

  title={Republicanism: the Career of a Concept},
  author={Daniel T. Rodgers},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
The concept of republicanism was one of the success stories of the 1980s. A generation ago the term-while not unknown-carried no more freight than scores of others in the historical vocabulary. First given formal analytic and conceptual identity in a historiographical essay by Robert Shalhope in 1972, it vaulted within a decade into the eye of scholarly debate over revolutionary and early national politics-and soon thereafter into nineteenth-century historiography as well. By 1985 it had become… 
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