The Constitutional History of Modern Britain 1485-1937 Fourth Edition - Sir David Lindsay KeirLondon: Adam & Charles Black, 1950, Hardback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Leans. Gently faded at the spine. Both boards spotted and slightly damp-stained at the leading edge. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the preface: “The constitutional development of Britain and the British Commonwealth imposes on its historian a twofold task. His first duty must be to describe the structure and working of the main organs of government during the successive stages of their growth. Second, but not less imperative, is that of interpreting their evolution with reference to the political and social conditions and the currents of thought and opinion by which it has been determined. British institutions are the product of long and varied experience in the art of government; their historical study demands, more than that of any other system, a clear understanding of the needs they have been devised to fulfil and the forces from which they have drawn vitality. In this volume an endeavour has been made, so far as limits of space allow, to show how government has been conducted by living and changing communities of men sharing a common political tradition.”