By George Athan Billias

Winner of the 2010 ebook Award from the hot England ancient Association

American constitutionalism represents this country’s maximum reward to human freedom, but its tale is still mostly untold. For over 200 years, its beliefs, rules, and associations stimulated diverse peoples in several lands at diverse occasions. American constitutionalism and the innovative republican records on which it truly is established affected numerous international locations by way of aiding them advance their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the USA was once a component besides Britain and France—reached an important turning element in international historical past in 1989, whilst the forces of democracy surpassed the forces of autocracy for the 1st time.

Historian George Athan Billias lines the unfold of yank constitutionalism—from Europe, Latin the US, and the Caribbean area, 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 via spearheading the force to larger democracy in the course of the Western global, and Billias’s landmark learn tells a narrative that may swap the best way readers view the real position American constitutionalism performed in this era.

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