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What <i>Is</i> a ‘Constitution’?

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0001
What Is a ‘Constitution’?

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This chapter describes the British constitution. The British constitution is said to be different from the constitutions of most other countries because it evolved very gradually over time. The constitution of the United Kingdom (UK) did not develop in a single, straight line due to the breaks in line during the first quarter of the 12th century. Because of the effect of the First World War, the territorial uprightness of the UK was disrupted when most of Ireland seceded from the union.

Keywords: British constitution; United Kingdom; 12th century; First World War; territorial uprightness; Ireland; union

Chapter.  6119 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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