Constitutions of the world online, 1776-1849

Constitutions of the world online, 1776-1849 aims to provide access to the texts of the constitutions of the world from the late 18th century to the middle of the 19th century. It focuses on a total of 51 countries in Europe, the Americas, and Africa, and comprises all constitutions, amendments, and declarations of rights between 1776 and 1849 (1860 for the United States). All officially adopted documents are published, but all drafted but failed documents are, too.

In December 2014 the website contains 1.587 documents, which represents 92,8% of the estimated total of the project. They correspond to 30.571 pages. There are also 1.490 electronic editions online, with search and navigational functions, which are available for registered users.

The material can be browsed by a country list, sub-national list, chronological list, or title list. It is possible to do a basic or advanced search in the metadata of the texts. It is also possible to do a text search or index search for the edited documents.

The documents are presented as facsimiles of the original print or manuscripts. Separate pages can be saved in GIF format. Registered users can view a transcription.

The website presents the results and progress of the international research project The rise of modern constitutionalism, 1776-1849, by making available to the public all constitutional documents from that era. It is also the web portal of K.G. Saur’s large-scale publication venture Constitutions of the world from the late 18th century to the middle of the 19th century. Sources on the rise of modern constitutionalism. The website involves a large number of scholars and institutions. It is led by Professor Horst Dippel (University of Kassel) and is made possible through funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 6:40pm
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