The English Constitution

Author: Walter Bagehot

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: N.A

Category: Constitutional history

Page: 348

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There is a great difficulty in the way of a writer who attempts to sketch a living Constitution-a Constitution that is in actual work and power. The difficulty is that the object is in constant change. An historical writer does not feel this difficulty: he deals only with the past; he can say definitely, the Constitution worked in such and such a manner in the year at which he begins, and in a manner in such and such respects different in the year at which he ends; he begins with a definite point of time and ends with one also. But a contemporary writer who tries to paint what is before him is puzzled and a perplexed: what he sees is changing daily. He must paint it as it stood at some one time, or else he will be putting side by side in his representations things which never were contemporaneous in reality.

Walter Bagehot

Author: Walter Bagehot,Norman St. John-Stevas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 485

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Walter Bagehot

Author: Muḥammad ʻAbd al-Muʻizz Naṣr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 314

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Walter Bagehot

Author: Norman St. John-Stevas

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 42

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A volume in the Writers and Their Work series, which draws upon recent thinking in English studies to introduce writers and their contexts. Each volume includes biographical material, an examination of recent criticism, a bibliography and a reappraisal of a major work by the writer.