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American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989: A Global Perspective

George Athan Billias


Constitutionalism represents America's greatest gift to human freedom, yet its story remains largely untold. For over 200 years, its ideals, ideas, and institutions influenced different peoples in different lands at different times. American constitutionalism and the revolutionary republican documents on which it is based affected countless countries by helping them develop their own constitutional democracies. Western constitutionalism—of which America was a part along with Britain and France—reached a major turning point in global history in 1989, when the forces of democracy exceeded the fo ... More

Keywords: freedom, American constitutionalism, constitutional democracies, Western constitutionalism, democracy, American Revolution, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814791073
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Athan Billias, author