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An Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law

An Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law

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  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476935
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  • Professor van Caenegem's new book addresses fundamental questions of constitutional organization--democracy versus autocracy, unitary versus federal organization, pluralism versus intolerance--by analyzing different models of constitutional government through a historical perspective. The approach is chronological: constitutionalism is explained as the result of many centuries of trial and error through a narrative that begins in the early Middle Ages and concludes with contemporary debates, focusing on Europe, the United States, and the Soviet Union.

    • First general study of constitutional law in historical perspective
    • The constitutional debate is of fundamental importance in the twentieth-century political and nationalist agenda
    • Assesses different models of constitutional government using case studies from Europe, USA, and the Soviet Union
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    "...this well-written work provides a grand perspective and judicious abalysis of issues for its intended audience of undergraduates and law students, those 'who want to place their own constitution, which is part of their curriculum, in an international and historical perspective, but who lack the time and the languages to read the relevant national legal histories." Albert J. Schmidt, Law and History Review

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    10th Sep 2013 by Gol3ta

    good book.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521476935
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Tribal kingship: from the fall of Rome to the end of the Merovingians
    3. The first Europe: the Carolingian empire
    4. Europe divided: the post-Carolingian era
    5. The foundation of the modern state
    6. The classic absolutism of the Ancient Regime
    7. The absolute state: no lasting model
    8. The bourgeois nation state
    9. The liberal model transformed or rejected
    Epilogue
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    R. C. van Caenegem, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

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