An Historical Introduction To Western Constitutional Law by R. C. van CaenegemAn Historical Introduction To Western Constitutional Law by R. C. van Caenegem

An Historical Introduction To Western Constitutional Law

byR. C. van CaenegemTranslated byDavid Johnston

Paperback | April 28, 1995

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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.
Title:An Historical Introduction To Western Constitutional LawFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 28, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521476933

ISBN - 13:9780521476935


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.

Editorial Reviews

"...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