The Theory and Practice of Republican Government

Harvard General Education Curriculum: United States and the World 20

 

Daniel Carpenter

Freed Professor of Government

Harvard University

 

Syllabus [pdf] [doc]

Announcements: [January 28, 2013]: All office hours will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 PM in the CAPS Conference Room, K430, in the Knafel building.

 

Papers and Assignments

First Paper Assignment [pdf], due Thursday, February 14, 8PM.

Second Paper Assignment [pdf], due Thursday, March 14, 8PM.

Third Paper Assignment [pdf], due Thursday, April 18, 8PM.

Fourth Paper Assignment [pdf], due Exam Week.

Schlesinger optional reading for information on U.S. Presidency [pdf]

 

Lecture Notes

Lecture 1 (January 28, 2013) -- Introduction and Theoretical Queries [pdf]

Lecture 2 (January 30, 2013) -- What is a Republic? Why Did the Founders Care? [pdf]

Lecture 3 (February 4, 2013 ) -- The Roman Republic and the Machiavellian Model I [pdf]

For web-accessible chronological and factual information on the Roman Republic, see here

University of Texas has a renowned classics department. See some of their documents on the Roman republic here

Lecture 4 (February 6, 2013) – The Roman Republic and the Machiavellian Model II [pdf]

Lecture 5 (February 11, 2013 ) – Machiavellian Republicanism I [pdf]

Lecture 6 (February 13, 2013) – Machiavellian Republicanism II and Medieval Origins of Representation [pdf]

Lecture 7 (February 20, 2013) – The Co-Evolution of Monarchy and Representative Government: Medieval Origins of Representation [pdf]

Lecture 8 (February 25, 2013) – The Revolt against Absolute Monarchy [pdf]

Lecture 9 (February 27, 2013) – Print and the Emergence of Public Spheres in France and England [pdf]

Lecture 10 (March 4, 2013) – Institutional Reordering and the Philosophy of Institutional Form: Harrington and Locke [pdf]

Lecture 11 (March 6, 2013) – The Reassertion of the English Constitution [pdf]

Lecture 12 (March 11, 2013) – Montesquieu and the English Constitution [pdf]

Lecture 13 (March 13, 2013) – Montesquieu and Republican Arrangements [pdf]

Lecture 14 (March 25, 2013) – Montesquieu on Governance, Religion and Lawmaking [pdf]

Lecture 15 (March 27, 2013) – The American Revolution through the Lens of Republicanism I [pdf]

Lecture 16 (April 1, 2013) – The American Revolution through the Lens of Republicanism II [pdf]

Lecture 17 (April 3, 2013) – The American Founding – Repudiation of 1776 [pdf]

Lecture 18 (April 8, 2013) – The American Founding – Institutional Order and the Senate[pdf]

Lecture 19 (April 10, 2013) – The American Founding -- Hamiltonian Concerns for Order and Esteem; Debate over Bill of Rights [pdf]

Lecture 20 (April 15, 2013) – Two Visions of American Republicanism -- Hamilton versus Jefferson [pdf]

Lecture 21 (April 17, 2013) – Slavery, Race and Republicanism I [pdf]

Lecture 22 (April 22, 2013) – Slavery, Race and Republicanism II [pdf]

Lecture 23 (April 24, 2013) – Contemporary Republican Visions and Debates I [pdf]

Lecture 24 (April 29, 2013) – Contemporary Republican Visions and Debates II [pdf]

Lecture 25 (May 1, 2013) – Concluding Lecture [pdf]