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Nov 22

Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

In Inventing Freedom, Daniel Hannan reflects on the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled. Hannan argues that the ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms – individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and the institutions of representative government – are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and that we Americans, along with other former British colonies, inherited. 

By the 10th Century, England was a nation-state whose people were already starting to define themselves with reference to inherited common-law rights. The story of liberty is the story of how that model triumphed. How it was enshrined in a series of landmark victories – the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the U.S. Constitution – and how it came to defeat every international rival. Today those ideas are being abandoned and scorned in the places where they once went unchallenged. Inventing Freedom is a chronicle of the success of Anglosphere exceptionalism as well as a warning at a time that may turn out to be the end of the age of political freedom. 

Daniel Hannan has been a member of the European Parliament representing South east England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He is also a writer and blogger (www.hannan.co.uk). Graduating with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, he worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. He previously authored The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America (2010).

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