By George Athan Billias
Winner of the 2010 ebook Award from the recent England historic Association
American constitutionalism represents this country’s maximum reward to human freedom, but its tale continues to be principally untold. For over 200 years, its beliefs, principles, and associations prompted diversified peoples in several lands at assorted instances. American constitutionalism and the innovative republican records on which it truly is dependent affected numerous international locations by way of supporting them improve their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the United States was once an element in addition to Britain and France—reached a tremendous turning aspect in worldwide background in 1989, whilst the forces of democracy surpassed the forces of autocracy for the 1st time.
Historian George Athan Billias strains the unfold of yank constitutionalism—from Europe, Latin the USA, and the Caribbean sector, to Asia and Africa—beginning chronologically with the yankee Revolution and the fateful "shot heard around the global" and finishing with the realization of the chilly warfare in 1989. the yank version contributed considerably by way of spearheading the force to bigger democracy in the course of the Western international, and Billias’s landmark research tells a narrative that might switch the way in which readers view the real position American constitutionalism performed in this era.
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