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Anyone who wishes to know more about constitutions and constitutionalism must welcome the project, "The Rise of Modern Constitutionalism, 1776-1849." It is an authentically unique undertaking. Here and there one finds existing compilations, but they suffer from being incomplete and often less than rigorous in their editing. This new project offers what will quickly become the Maria Theresia thaler of constitutional sources -- an accurate, thorough, and useful compilation for scholars and practitioners around the world.

The study of constitutions has, among other aspects, important historical and comparative dimensions. The "Rise of Modern Constitutionalism" project will serve a variety of purposes. It will nurture an interest in the roots of modern constitutionalism in the dynamic era from the French and American Revolutions through the liberal era in Europe and elsewhere. The project will make it easier for students of any country's constitutions to sift that country's constitutional traditions. And those who undertake the comparative study of constitutions -- ever more important in a global age -- will find those comparisons more nuanced.

The project reflects the inspiration and dedication of Horst Dippel, the project's architect and director. A respected constitutional law scholar, Professor Dippel brings to this project rich insight and exacting standards. He merits the thanks of all who see the study of constitutions and their history as one of the keys to nurturing constitutionalism and the rule of law around the world.

A. E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Earle K. Shawe Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, United States of America.

This is a superb collection of constitutional documents. In this new present-day age of constitution making, nothing could be more valuable and more useful. Scholars and statesmen alike will soon have readily available all the written constitutions of the modern era. Horst Dippel and his publishers are to be congratulated for making accessible all these documents in a magnificent letter-press edition and online as well. This is contribution for the ages.

Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History at Brown University, Providence, RI, United States of America.

I can't tell you how important your current Rise of Modern Constitutionalism: 1776-1849 research collaborative is going to prove to political science, legal, and historical scholars around the world. Your extensive compilation of the text of not only national constitutions but those of constituent political entities in federal systems has never been available in one place before. Now they can easily be accessed in both hardback books and online. I am amazed to find not only the text of constitutions and amendments that were adopted--but also amendments that failed. You and the University of Kassel and other sponsoring organizations are to be warmly congratulated for this invaluable research tool.

Edwin L. Jackson, Senior Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Unites States of America.

[This] public site provides the researcher with access to facsimiles of the originals from which your transcribed and annotated editions are drawn. I particularly like the way in which you credit your sources, and how your provide free index access to what you would find if you subscribed to the whole work on line. It is an excellent way to secure an income stream for the scholarly value you have added to those sources and provides a simple, readily accessible entree into what is the most significant study of Constitutions world-wide ever undertaken. You have combined the best of both worlds, that of accurately presenting sources, and explaining those sources in a way that not only will benefit our understanding of the past, but also will shape the future course of constitutional development.

Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD, United States of America.

What a fantastic website you have created! I have marked it as one of my favorites and will refer students to it.

Briant Bohleke, Ph.D., MLIS, Library Director & Archivist, A. R. Wentz Library, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA, United States of America.