European legal history: a cultural and political perspective

European legal history: a cultural and political perspective

European legal history: a cultural and political perspective

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Randall Lesaffer, Jan Arriens
  • Biografical Information: Randall Lesaffer is Professor of Legal History and Dean of the Law School at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He also teaches cultural history at the Law School of the Catholic University of Leuven.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Other titles: Inleiding tot de Europese rechtsgeschiedenis.
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IX, 549 pages ; 24 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, European legal history: a cultural and political perspective is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Randall Lesaffer ; translated by Jan Arriens.
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 22 editions
  • First edition Date: 2004
  • Last edition Date: 2014
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German
  • Library of Congress Code: KJ147
  • Dewey Code: 349.4
  • ISBN: 9780521877985 0521877989 9780521701778 0521701775
  • OCLC: 299718438

Publisher Description:

The rediscovery of Roman law and the emergence of classical canon law around AD 1100 marked the beginnings of the civil law tradition in Europe. Between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, a highly sophisticated legal science of a truly European dimension was developed. Since then the different European States have developed their own national legal systems, but with the exception of England and Ireland they are all heirs to this tradition of the ius commune. This historical introduction to the civil law tradition, from its original Roman roots to the present day, considers the political and cultural context of Europe's legal history. Political, diplomatic and constitutional developments are discussed, and the impacts of major cultural movements, such as scholasticism, humanism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, on law and jurisprudence are highlighted. This contextual approach makes for a fascinating story, accessible to any reader regardless of legal or historical background.

Main Contents

Suum cuique tribuere (ancient Rome, c.1000 BC-AD 565)
Correctio (the early Middle Ages, c.500-1000)
Auctoritas (the late Middle Ages, c.1000-1453)
Emulatio (the early Modern Age, 1453-1648)
Ratio (the Modern Age, 1648-1914)
Voluntas (the Post-Modern Age, 1914-2004).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. Ancient Roman Law: 2. Suum Cuique Tribuere (Ancient Rome, c. 1000 BC-565 AD)
Part II. The Civil Law Tradition: 3. Correctio (The Early Middle Ages, c. 500-1000)
4. Auctoritas (The Late Middle Ages, c. 1000-1453)
5. Emulatio (The Early Modern Age, 1453-1648)
6. Ratio (The Modern Age, 1648-1914)
7. Voluntas (The Post-Modern Age, 1914-2004).

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