Three confusions about this passage about the Constitution. Why the "Rather" ?
Keane argues that the political conditions during the early years of the United States were, if anything, (i)__inimical___ to the formation of a nation united by one document: the Constitution. Rather, had it not been for a few men—Keane invokes the triumvirate of Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison—to (ii)__campaign___ the Constitution, despite the seemingly implacable opposition of anti-Federalists, the central government would have had to (iii)__cede___ matters of rule to the individual states.
1. What does "if anything" mean?
2. The first sentence says that the political conditions were inimical to the formation of US which was united by the Constitution. The second and third sentences are about how great the Constitution is and how great Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison were. Now the question is: Why the "Rather" ? What is wrong in Keane's claim?
3.What does "matters of rule" mean?