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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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What Is a ‘Constitution’?

What Is a ‘Constitution’?

(p.1) 1 What Is a ‘Constitution’?
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

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

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