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An Historical Introduction to Private Law - R. C. van Caenegem

An Historical Introduction to Private Law

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 2003
ISBN: 9780521405140
Number Of Pages: 224

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In this book one of the world's foremost legal historians attempts to explain what produced the private law of the western world as we know it today. Professor van Caenegem pays particular attention to the origins of the common law - civil law dichotomy, and how it arose that England and the continent of Europe, although sharing the same civilisation and values, live under two different legal systems. The chronological coverage extends from the Germanic invasion in the early Middle Ages to the present day, incorporating analysis of the medieval Roman and canon law (both products of the law schools), and that of the School of Natural Law which inspired the great national codifications of the modern age. Professor van Caenegem evaluates the role of the lawgivers - emperors, kings and parliaments - and that of the judges, particularly, of course, in the lands of the English common law. He deals with the great phases of legal development and the main bodies of doctrine and legislation (rather than offer an analysis of the legal norms themselves); with substantive private law - family and status, property, contract, inheritance, trade - and with the organisation of the courts and the forms of process. An Historical Introduction to Private Law is based on both an extensive secondary literature in several languages, and on evidence accumulated by Professor van Caenegem over the past forty years.

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"More than a historical introduction to the contemporary law of Belgium and the Netherlands, less than a study that pays particular attention to the dichotomy between English and Continental law, van Caenegem's essay is consistently well informed (the bibliography is superb), occasionally provocative, and usually persuasive." Michael D. Gordon, American Historical Review

The origins of contemporary private law 1789-1807
Antecedents: the early Middle Ages c. 500-c.1100
Europe and Romano-Germanic law c. 1100-c. 1750
Enlightenment, natural law and the modern Codes: from the mid-eighteenth to the early-nineteenth century
The nineteenth century: the interpretation of the Code and the struggle for law
Statute, case law and scholarship
General bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521405140
ISBN-10: 0521405149
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd February 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5