The “Security Dilemma” and the Constitution of 1787

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Both Federalists and Antifederalists agreed on the need to strengthen the Union against threats from without and disunion from within. The Federalists, nonetheless, spent much time defending the Union and attacking their opponents as disunionists. The Federalists won because they succeeded in shifting the issue from the questionable necessity of immediate and unamended ratification of their proposed reforms to the vital security necessity of continuation of the Union, on which their opponents in fact agreed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-130
Number of pages17
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


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