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Title The gun, the ship, and the pen : warfare, constitutions, and the making of the modern world / Linda Colley.
Author Colley, Linda, author.
Publication New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]
Edition First edition.
Description 502 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 342 C
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Into and out of Europe -- The multiple trajectories of war -- Old Europe, new ideas -- Out of war, into revolutions -- The force of print -- Armies of legislators -- Exception and engine -- New worlds -- Those not meant to win, those unwilling to lose -- The light, the dark and the long 1860s -- Break out -- Epilogue.
Summary "A groundbreaking work that retells modern history through the rise and spread of written constitutions-some enlightened, many oppressive-to every corner of the globe. Filling a crucial void in our understanding of world history, Linda Colley reconfigures the rise of the modern world over three centuries through the advent of written constitutions. Her absorbing work challenges accepted narratives, focusing on rulers like Catherine the Great, who wrote her enlightened Nakaz years before the French Revolution; African visionaries like Sierra Leone's James Africanus Beale Horton; and Tunisias's soldier-constitutionalist Khayr-al-Din, who championed constitutional reform in the Muslim world. Demonstrating how constitutions repeatedly evolved in tandem with warfare, and how they were used to free, but also exclude, people (especially women and indigenous populations), this handsomely illustrated history-with its pageant of powerful monarchs, visionary lawmakers, and insurrectionist rebels-evokes The Silk Roads in its range and ambition. Whether reinterpreting the lasting influence of Japan's 1889 Meiji constitution or exploring the first constitution to enfranchise women in tiny Pitcairn Island in 1838, this book is one of the most original and absorbing histories in decades"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Constitutional law -- Political aspects.
Constitutional history.
War (International law)
Military art and science.
Implied powers (Constitutional law)
Constitutional history (OCoLC)fst00875777
Constitutional law -- Political aspects (OCoLC)fst00875823
Implied powers (Constitutional law) (OCoLC)fst00968179
Military art and science (OCoLC)fst01020874
War (International law) (OCoLC)fst01170412
ISBN 9780871403162 hardcover
0871403161 hardcover
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