The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought

  title={The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought},
  author={Donald S. Lutz},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={189 - 197}
  • Donald S. Lutz
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • History
  • American Political Science Review
Drawing upon a comprehensive list of political writings by Americans published between 1760 and 1805, the study uses a citation count drawn from these 916 items as a surrogate measure of the relative influence of European writers upon American political thought during the era. Contrary to the general tendencies in the recent literature, the results here indicate that there was no one European writer, or one tradition of writers, that dominated American political thought. There is evidence for… 

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