The gun, the ship and the pen

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The gun, the ship and the pen

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Author :   Linda Colley
Publisher :   Profile Books
Published :   24/09/2020
ISBN :   9781846684975
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   502
Size (mm) :   240x162x44
Weight (g) :   898

These days, most countries have a constitution-written or unwritten. The rules therein provide a reference point for government and the judiciary, and are appealed to by politicians, defendants, plaintiffs, activists, corporations, and angry commentators...   Read more
These days, most countries have a constitution-written or unwritten. The rules therein provide a reference point for government and the judiciary, and are appealed to by politicians, defendants, plaintiffs, activists, corporations, and angry commentators on social media. Even when ignored, the existence of constitutions is an accepted fact. But in Europe, the idea of the constitution is only a few centuries old, gaining traction only with the ascendancy of the Enlightenment. The first written constitution was only implemented in 1755 by the short-lived republic of Corsica. That constitution, like many others, was won through armed conflict and sustained by the support of a regional power - Great Britain. In this book, Linda Colley examines the age of Constitutions and reveals that most were the product of armed conflict.