Rescheduled for September 23: Linda Colley on Britain – The Question of Written Constitutions and the World Since 1776

Linda Colley’s seminar on Britain, written constitutions, and the world since 1776, cancelled because Professor Colley was ill, has been rescheduled (tentatively) for September 23, 2013. Please stay tuned for further details.

After the American and French Revolutions, new-style written constitutions gradually came to be viewed as an essential symbol of a modern state. Britain, however, both fought against these two revolutions and has famously retained its un-codified constitution. Despite this, the impact of the new constitutions on ideas and politics in Britain was a profound one and has changed markedly over time; while Britain’s own impact on the writing of other constitutions has been enormous. This seminar presentation explores these paradoxes.

Linda Colley

Linda Colley, CBE, FBA, is Shelby M.C. Davis Professor of History at Princeton University.  She has taught at Cambridge, the LSE, and Yale as well as Princeton.  Her books include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-60 (1982); Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992, Wolfson History Prize, 1993); and Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850 (2002).
The seminar will convene at 4 p.m. in the 6th floor Moynihan Boardroom at the Wilson Center, 13th and Pennsylvania, NW, in downtown Washington, DC. Reservations are requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166.