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Preface - Charles Howard McIlwain, Constitutionalism: Ancient and Modern 
Constitutionalism: Ancient and Modern (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2008).
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First published in 1940 by Cornell University Press. Material from the Revised Edition copyright 1947 by Cornell University, copyright renewed 1975; it has been included by permission of the original publisher, Cornell University Press.
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To the members of the Telluride
Association of Cornell University in lasting remembrance of their friendliness and hospitality.
In its original form this book consists of six lectures which the author delivered at Cornell University in the academic year 1938–39, namely, the Messenger Lectures on the Evolution of Civilization. That series was founded and its title was prescribed by the late Hiram J. Messenger, B. Litt., Ph.D., of Hartford, Connecticut, who directed in his will that a portion of his estate be given to Cornell University and used to provide annually “a course or courses of lectures on the evolution of civilization, for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life.”
This volume, it is hardly necessary to say, does not pretend to be a comprehensive account of the growth of constitutionalism. In the course of a few lectures nothing could be attempted beyond the tracing of a very limited number of salient principles, and even these could be dealt with only for those countries where their development is most obvious and most directly related to the political problems facing us here and now. The history of constitutionalism remains to be written.
To the committee in charge of the Messenger Lectures I wish to express my deep appreciation of the honor and the opportunity of presenting this subject in this distinguished series, and to the Cornell University Press and Mr. Woodford Patterson its Director my thanks for valued advice and assistance in the preparation of the manuscript of these lectures for the press.
C. H. McIlwain
In this revised edition many additions have been made in the notes and an appendix has been added further to justify or to illustrate some of the statements in the text.
C. H. M.
Princeton, New Jersey