By George Athan Billias

Winner of the 2010 publication Award from the hot England historic Association

American constitutionalism represents this country’s maximum present to human freedom, but its tale continues to be mostly untold. For over 200 years, its beliefs, rules, and associations stimulated varied peoples in numerous lands at various occasions. American constitutionalism and the innovative republican files on which it really is dependent affected numerous international locations by way of supporting them advance their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the United States was once an element in addition to Britain and France—reached a huge turning element in worldwide heritage in 1989, whilst the forces of democracy surpassed 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 area, 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 conflict in 1989. the yank version contributed considerably through spearheading the force to larger democracy in the course of the Western international, and Billias’s landmark research tells a narrative that would switch the best way readers view the $64000 position American constitutionalism performed in this era.

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