The English Constitution – Walter Bagehot
In one of Walter Bagehot’s most prominent works, the English constitution is described, not from law books and as a lawyer would describe it, but from the actual working, as Bagehot himself had witnessed it, in his contact with ministers and the heads of government departments, and with the life of the society in which the politicians moved. The true springs and method of action are consequently described with a vivid freshness which gives the book a wonderful charm, and makes it really a new departure in the study of politics.
The English Constitution.
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Biography of Walter Bagehot (from Wikipedia):
Bagehot was born in Langport, Somerset, England, on 3 February 1826. His father, Thomas Watson Bagehot, was managing director and vice-chairman of Stuckey’s Banking Company. He attended University College London (UCL), where he studied mathematics, and in 1848 earned a master’s degree in moral philosophy. Bagehot was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn, but preferred to join his father in 1852 in his family’s shipping and banking business.
In 1858, Bagehot married Elizabeth (Eliza) Wilson (1832–1921), whose father, James Wilson, was the founder and owner of The Economist; the couple were happily married until Bagehot’s untimely death at age 51, but had no children. A collection of their love-letters was published in 1933.
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