By George Athan Billias
Winner of the 2010 publication 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 motivated diversified peoples in numerous lands at diversified occasions. American constitutionalism and the progressive republican files on which it truly is established affected numerous nations by means of supporting them enhance their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the United States was once a component in addition to Britain and France—reached a massive turning aspect in international heritage in 1989, while the forces of democracy handed the forces of autocracy for the 1st time.
Historian George Athan Billias lines the unfold of yankee constitutionalism—from Europe, Latin the United States, and the Caribbean sector, to Asia and Africa—beginning chronologically with the yank Revolution and the fateful "shot heard around the global" and finishing with the belief of the chilly warfare in 1989. the yankee version contributed considerably by way of spearheading the force to larger democracy in the course of the Western international, and Billias’s landmark learn tells a narrative that would swap the way in which readers view the real position American constitutionalism performed in this era.
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