Constitutions of Nations: "The First Compilation in the English Language of the Texts of the Constitutions of the Various Nations of the World, Together with Summaries, Annotations, Bibliographies, and Comparative Tables" - Vol. 1

Constitutions of Nations: "The First Compilation in the English Language of the Texts of the Constitutions of the Various Nations of the World, Together with Summaries, Annotations, Bibliographies, and Comparative Tables" - Vol. 1

Constitutions of Nations: "The First Compilation in the English Language of the Texts of the Constitutions of the Various Nations of the World, Together with Summaries, Annotations, Bibliographies, and Comparative Tables" - Vol. 1

Constitutions of Nations: "The First Compilation in the English Language of the Texts of the Constitutions of the Various Nations of the World, Together with Summaries, Annotations, Bibliographies, and Comparative Tables" - Vol. 1

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As nations have grown closer together through the years an increasing interest in the lives and customs of other peoples has been evident in every corner of the globe. This desire for greater understanding is not an idle curiosity, but a universal necessity if the peoples of the world are, in the words of the Charter of the United Nations, "to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors." Perhaps the need is nowhere of greater importance than in the understanding of the different legal systems and the fundamental constitutional principles of government. This need is particularly evident to those of us with the United Nations who from day to day must deal with the inter-relations of the Member States.

Mr. Peaslee Constitutions of Nations is a real contribution to this essential understanding of fundamental principles of government of the various countries, and is thus a welcome response to a real and vital need. A scholarly work of this character, presenting the texts of the constitutions of the nations of the world, not only makes available to a much wider audience these indispensable materials for the study of international and national constitution building, but also immeasurably lightens the research burden of those who must daily deal with the legal relations of states. Mr. Peaslee's publication should prove very useful to international and national statesmen, officials, lawyers, educators and students of international affairs.

The compilation of the constitutions of the states of the world is a project which might well have been undertaken by the United Nations itself. Indeed such a task was suggested and discussed. Abstracts from constitutional materials dealing with human rights and fundamental freedoms are being published in the United Nations Yearbook on Human Rights. But it was recognized that even for the work in the field of human rights . . .

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