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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 2002, historian and constitutional-law professor Philip Bobbitt published one of the most important history books ever written, The Shield of Achilles. Weaving together constitutional and military history, it charts the rise and fall of history’s major constitutional orders — from the princely states and kingdoms of early modern Europe to the nation-state we know today.

Constitutional and military history are not commonly thought of as related, but their relation is fundamental. As Bobbitt shows, what determines the success of a particular constitutional order during any period of history is its potential military power. It was no accident that Napoleon rose

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


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