Nine Lectures on the Earlier Constitutional History of Canada by Sir William James AshleyNine Lectures on the Earlier Constitutional History of Canada by Sir William James Ashley

Nine Lectures on the Earlier Constitutional History of Canada

bySir William James Ashley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889. Excerpt: ... THE EAELIER CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF CANADA. LECTURE I. On the Nature of Constitutional History. Before we address ourselves to the constitutional history of Canada in particular, it may be worth while to call your attention to the ambiguities which lurk in the terms "constitution" and "constitutional history," and to make clear the sense in which the term "constitutional history" will be used in these lectures. The original meaning of "constitution" is, of course, the way in which a thing is made, the manner in which it is arranged, its putting together, its nature. With this agrees the original meaning of the German term which is used as its equivalent: Verfassung--a thing's composition, the character of its construction, the arrangement of its parts. In this sense we can talk of any state as having a constitution, and a constitutional history. Every state, by the mere fact that it is a state, i.e., something more than a disconnected number of individuals who chance to live near together, must needs have some form, some characteristics, which cause it to resemble or differ from other political societies: there must be certain ways in which the various elements or parts of which it is composed affect one another. Using the word in this way, Russia or Turkey has a constitution just as much as France or Switzerland. Early in the 18th century, or even earlier, the word came to be used in a narrower sense, as meaning not only the way in which a government was as a matter of fact carried on, but the way in which it ought to be carried on, and more specifically, certain rules or recognized principles by which the arbitrary authority of rulers was restricted. Thus Bolingbroke in his Dissertation wpon Parties, writes, "If this the freedom and independence of pa...
Title:Nine Lectures on the Earlier Constitutional History of CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217843395

ISBN - 13:9780217843393