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Constitutionalism, Legitimacy, and Power: Nineteenth-Century Experiences

Kelly L Grotke and Markus J Prutsch


In the nineteenth century, the generation and reception of constitutional texts served as the centre of gravity around which law and politics consistently revolved. This volume critically re-examines the role of constitutionalism in that period, in order to challenge established teleological narratives of consistent development from absolutism towards inclusive, participatory democracy. Aspects of constitutional histories within and outside of Europe are examined from a comparative, transnational, and multidisciplinary historical perspective, in order to test five critical hypotheses: (1) cons ... More

Keywords: constitutions, constitutionalism, revolution, reform, restoration, nationalism, imperialism, Europe, equality, inequality, law

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly L Grotke, editor
Researcher, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki

Markus J Prutsch, editor
Researcher, European Parliament

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Part I Introduction

1 Constitutionalism, Legitimacy, and Power

Kelly L. Grotke and Markus J. Prutsch

Part II Constitutions as Anti-Revolutionary Devices

Part III Constitutions and the Justification of New Social Inequalities

Part IV Constitutions as Promoters of Nationalism

12 Ariadne’s Thread

Francisco A. Ortega

Part V Constitutions as Instruments of Imperialism

Part VI Constitutions as Legal and Political Texts

19 Unintended Democracy

Jo Eric Khushal Murkens*

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