Past Imperfect history podcast: Linda Colley

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Episode 2 of Past Imperfect features Dr. Linda Colley (Princeton University). Colley's The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen is a wide-ranging exploration of the development of constitutions, a book which demonstrates how increasingly violent warfare led to the worldwide spread of these documents between the 18th and early 20th centuries. In this episode, Colley discusses the uneasy relationship between rights and constitutions, global influences on Indian constitutional thought, the relevance of constitutions today (amidst widespread polarization and lurches towards right-wing authoritarianism), and why historians need to write accessible books.

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Past Imperfect, hosted by Dinyar Patel, is sponsored and produced by the Centre for Wisdom and Leadership at the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, with providing media partnership.