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By George Athan Billias

Winner of the 2010 publication Award from the recent England ancient Association

American constitutionalism represents this country's maximum present to human freedom, but its tale continues to be mostly untold. For over 2 hundred years, its beliefs, rules, and associations encouraged diversified peoples in numerous lands at assorted instances. American constitutionalism and the innovative republican records on which it truly is dependent affected numerous nations through supporting them strengthen their very own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which the USA used to be a component besides Britain and France—reached an incredible turning element in international background in 1989, whilst the forces of democracy handed the forces of autocracy for the 1st time.

Historian George Athan Billias strains the unfold of yank constitutionalism—from Europe, Latin the US, 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 warfare in 1989. the yank version contributed considerably by means of spearheading the force to larger democracy during the Western international, and Billias's landmark research tells a narrative that may swap the best way readers view the real function American constitutionalism performed in this era.

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