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The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World


A work of extraordinary range and striking originality, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen traces the global history of written constitutions from the 1750s to the twentieth century, modifying accepted narratives and uncovering the close connections between the making of constitutions and the making of war. In the process, Linda Colley both reappraises famous constitutions and recovers those that have been marginalized but were central to the rise of a modern world.

By Linda Colley, Published by Liveright, 2020, 512 pages, hardcover.