By George Athan Billias
Winner of the 2010 e-book Award from the hot England ancient Association
American constitutionalism represents this country’s maximum present to human freedom, but its tale is still mostly untold. For over 200 years, its beliefs, principles, and associations prompted various peoples in several lands at various instances. American constitutionalism and the progressive republican files on which it really is established affected numerous nations by way of assisting them boost their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the USA was once an element in addition to Britain and France—reached a tremendous turning aspect in worldwide historical past 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 quarter, 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 struggle in 1989. the yankee version contributed considerably by means of spearheading the force to larger democracy through the Western global, and Billias’s landmark learn tells a narrative that would switch the way in which readers view the real function American constitutionalism performed in this era.
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