Taking Stock of Taking Liberties: A Personal View

Taking Stock of Taking Liberties: A Personal View

by Linda Colley
     
 

Why, having generated so many early and influential constitutional statements and exported Bills of Rights, has the United Kingdom entered into the twenty-first century without a constitution of its own? In Taking Stock of Taking Liberties, eminent historian Linda Colley attempts to investigate this question and offers an evocative interpretation of the

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Overview

Why, having generated so many early and influential constitutional statements and exported Bills of Rights, has the United Kingdom entered into the twenty-first century without a constitution of its own? In Taking Stock of Taking Liberties, eminent historian Linda Colley attempts to investigate this question and offers an evocative interpretation of the major British Library exhibition of the same name. Discussing some of the extraordinary and moving documents and images on display—all of which illuminate struggles over rights and liberties, from the Magna Carta to the present—the author traces the evolution of the cult of British freedom, demonstrating how in the past it was often at odds with issues like actual access to the vote, disparities of geographical experience, and modes of rule throughout the British empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712350419
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Colley is the Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University and a fellow of the British Academy. Among her many publications are The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History and Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707–1837.

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