In 2013, the Comparative Constitutions Project, in collaboration with Google Ideas, launched Constitute, an incredible online tool that lets readers read, search, and compare 194 constitutions from nations around the world. Through a simple and inviting interface, readers may search for the constitutions of countries as diverse as Albania and Angola, Malta and the Marshal Islands, Norway and Sri Lanka. Just reading the first lines of several of these fundamental documents is an educational experience. For instance, the constitution of Afghanistan, written in 2004, begins, "In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful," while Iceland's constitution begins by stating that "Iceland is a Republic with a parliamentary government." Readers may scout the constitutions by topic, which range from Culture and Identity to Rights and Duties, or by using the Compare function, which can be found on the left-hand side of the page. In all, Constitute gives the impression of the world's constitutions as living documents, a lesson any civics teacher will likely embrace.
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