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Onuf, Peter S.

Overview
Works: 115 works in 373 publications in 2 languages and 21,761 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Personal narratives  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Commentator
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Most widely held works by Peter S Onuf
Jefferson's empire : the language of American nationhood by Peter S Onuf( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 2,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Jefferson believed that the American revolution was a transformative moment in the history of political civilization. He hoped that his own efforts as a founding statesman and theorist would help construct a progressive and enlightened order for the new American nation that would be a model and inspiration for the world. Peter S. Onuf's new book traces Jefferson's vision of the American future to its roots in his idealized notions of nationhood and empire
The mind of Thomas Jefferson by Peter S Onuf( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, one of the foremost historians of Jefferson and his time, Peter S. Onuf, offers a collection of essays that seeks to historicize one of our nation's founding fathers. Challenging current attempts to appropriate Jefferson to serve all manner of contemporary political agendas, Onuf argues that historians must look at Jefferson's language and life within the context of his own place and time. In this effort to restore Jefferson to his own world, Onuf reconnects that world to ours, providing a fresh look at the distinction between private and public aspects of his character that Jefferson himself took such pains to cultivate. Breaking through Jefferson's alleged opacity as a person by collapsing the contemporary interpretive frameworks often used to diagnose his psychological and moral states, Onuf raises new questions about what was on Jefferson's mind as he looked toward an uncertain future. Particularly striking is his argument that Jefferson's character as a moralist is nowhere more evident, ironically, than in his engagement with the institution of slavery. At once reinvigorating the tension between past and present and offering a new way to view our connection to one of our nation's founders, The Mind of Thomas Jefferson helps redefine both Jefferson and his time and American nationhood
Thomas Jefferson, the classical world, and early America by Peter S Onuf( )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure -- a riddle -- a man so riven with contradictions that he is almost impossible to know. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom and equality, even as he held people -- including his own family -- in bondage, Jefferson is variably described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers forever. Now, Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with America's leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to present a character study that dispels the many clichés that have accrued over the years about our third president. Challenging the widely prevalent belief that Jefferson remains so opaque as to be unknowable, the authors create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself, one "comprised of equal parts sun and shadow." Tracing Jefferson's philosophical development from youth to old age, the authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination -- an expansive state of mind born of his origins in a slave society, his intellectual influences, and the vaulting ambition that propelled him into public life as a modern avatar of the Enlightenment who, at the same time, likened himself to a figure of old -- "the most blessed of the patriarchs." Indeed, Jefferson saw himself as a "patriarch," not just to his country and mountain-like home at Monticello but also to his family, the white half that he loved so publicly, as well as to the black side that he claimed to love, a contradiction of extraordinary historical magnitude
State and citizen : British America and the early United States by Peter Thompson( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pointing the way to a new history of the transformation of British subjects into American citizens, State and Citizen challenges the presumption that the early American state was weak by exploring the changing legal and political meaning of citizenship. The volume's distinguished contributors cast new light on the shift from subjecthood to citizenship during the American Revolution by showing that the federal state played a much greater part than is commonly supposed. Going beyond master narratives - celebratory or revisionist - that center on founding principles, the contributors argue that geopolitical realities and the federal state were at the center of early American political development. The volume's editors, Peter Thompson and Peter S. Onuf, bring together political science and historical methodologies to demonstrate that citizenship was a political as well as a legal concept. The American state, this collection argues, was formed and evolved in a more dialectical relationship between citizens and government authority than is generally acknowledged. Suggesting points of comparison between an American narrative of state development - previously thought to be exceptional - and those of Europe and Latin America, the contributors break fresh ground by investigating citizenship in its historical context rather than by reference only to its capacity to confer privileges. -- Publisher's website
Empire and nation : the American Revolution in the Atlantic world by Eliga H Gould( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did events and ideas from elsewhere in the British Empire influence political developments in the thirteen mainland American colonies? What was the effect of the American Revolution on the wider Atlantic world? In Empire and Nation, leading historians reconsider that upheaval as a transnational event, with many sources and momentous implications for Ireland, Africa, the West Indies, Canada, and Britain itself."--Jacket
Paine and Jefferson in the age of revolutions by Simon P Newman( )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origins of the federal republic : jurisdictional controversies in the United States, 1775-1787 by Peter S Onuf( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historians have emphasized the founding fathers' statesmanship and vision in the development of a more powerful union under the federal constitution. In The Origins of the Federal Republic, Peter S. Onuf clarifies the founders' achievement by demonstrating with case studies of New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia that territorial confrontations among the former colonies played a crucial role in shaping early concepts of statehood and union and provided the true basis of the American federalist system
Jeffersonian legacies( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between sovereignty and anarchy : the politics of violence in the American revolutionary era by Patrick Griffin( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between Soverignty and Anarchy considers the conceptual and political problem of violence in the early modern Anglo-Atlantic, charting an innovative approach to the history of the American Revolution"--Jacket
Sally Hemings & Thomas Jefferson : history, memory, and civic culture( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Louisiana Purchase and American expansion, 1803-1898 by Sanford Levinson( )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this long overdue collection, Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew Sparrow bring together noted scholars in American history, constitutional law, and political science to examine the role that the Louisiana Purchase played in shaping both the expansionist policies of the nineteenth century and critical interpretations of the Constitution. As the nation continued to expand westward and into the Pacific and Caribbean, critical social, political, and constitutional questions would arise that would greatly test American resolve and the principles on which it was based.</spa
Statehood and union : a history of the Northwest Ordinance by Peter S Onuf( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2019 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Declaring independence : the origin and influence of America's founding document : featuring the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Essays by four of the Declaration's leading students make the historic text come alive, enabling us to hear what it had to say in its own time and what it might have to say to us today. Copiously illustrated with selections from the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection at the University of Virginia and complemented by biographical sketches of the Declaration signers, this volume offers a rich resource for discovering the origin and influence of America's founding document."--Jacket
All over the map : rethinking American regions by Edward L Ayers( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even as Americans keep moving "all over the map" in the late twentieth century, they cherish memories of the places they come from. But where do these places--these regions--come from? What makes them so real? In this groundbreaking book a distinguished group of historians explores the concept of region in America, traces changes the idea has undergone in our national experience, and examines its meaning for Americans today. Far from diminishing in importance, the authors conclude, regional differences continue to play a significant role in Americans' self-image. Regional identity, in fact, has always been fed by the very forces that many people think threaten its existence today: a central government, an aggressive economy, and connections with places beyond regional boundaries. Calling into question widely held notions about how Americans came to differ from one another and explaining why those differences continue to flourish, this iconoclastic study--by scholars with differing regional ties--will refresh and redirect the centuries-old discussion over Americans' conceptions of themselves -- Back cover
A union of interests : political and economic thought in revolutionary America by Cathy D Matson( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Midwest and the nation : rethinking the history of an American region by Andrew R. L Cayton( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeffersonian America by Peter S Onuf( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The volume lays out the conflict between Jeffersonian Republicans and their Federalist opponents who were accused of war-mongering, and exposes the irony of one of Jefferson's friends, President James Madison, leading the United States into the War of 1812, America's second war for independence. Jeffersonian America helps students, scholars, and general readers understand some of the fundamental tensions and paradoxes that have shaped the subsequent course of American history."--Jacket
The revolution of 1800 : democracy, race, and the new republic( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Federal union, modern world : the law of nations in an age of revolutions, 1776-1814 by Peter S Onuf( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this thought-provoking analysis of international relations, the Onufs deepen our understanding of the ideas that forged the law of nations in a world of revolutions. Taking a time of extraordinary change as its frame of reference, Federal Union, Modern World relates the emergence of the modern concept of state-societies to the remarkable experiments in constitution-making in the United States. It shows how efforts to model a federal union in America influenced the broader relations of European nation-states. Relying on ancient and early modern sources prominent in the minds of the Founders, the authors demonstrate how the idea of a federal union was applied to the nations of the world. This profound paradigm shift in international relations divorced the law of nations from naturalism and grafted it onto modern ideas of liberalism. The formation of the United States as a federation, argue the Onufs, "expressed Enlightenment impulses ... more fully than any contemporaneous developments in Europe." Furthermore, as the Founders attempted to secure a tenable position for their creation, they inspired a shift in international relations theory from natural legal doctrine to the positive law of states. This book is a contribution to the new history of "conceptual change," drawing selectively on the history of diplomacy, political theory, and legal doctrine to identify and relate some important themes in the emergence of the modern world. This relevant and timely study of international union and disunion informs us as much about the decades of revolution as it does about the context of international relations and federalism in our own time
 
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Jefferson's empire : the language of American nationhood
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The mind of Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, the classical world, and early AmericaEmpire and nation : the American Revolution in the Atlantic worldThe origins of the federal republic : jurisdictional controversies in the United States, 1775-1787Jeffersonian legaciesSally Hemings & Thomas Jefferson : history, memory, and civic cultureDeclaring independence : the origin and influence of America's founding document : featuring the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence CollectionAll over the map : rethinking American regions
Alternative Names
Onuf, Peter.

Onuf, Peter 1946-

Onuf, Peter S.

Onuf Peter S. 1946-....

Onuf, Peter Stevens 1946-

Peter S. Onuf American historian

Languages
English (188)

Chinese (1)