The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture

150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing

  • Serge Dauchy
  • Georges Martyn
  • Anthony Musson
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki
  • Alain Wijffels

Part of the Studies in the History of Law and Justice book series (SHLJ, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Alain Wijffels
    Pages 1-8
  3. Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Alain Wijffels
    Pages 9-57
  4. Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Alain Wijffels
    Pages 59-317
  5. Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Alain Wijffels
    Pages 319-476
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 477-571

About this book

Introduction

This volume surveys 150 law books of fundamental importance in the history of Western legal literature and culture. The entries are organized in three sections: the first dealing with the transitional period of fifteenth-century editions of medieval authorities, the second spanning the early modern period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and the third focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contributors are scholars from all over the world. Each ‘old book’ is analyzed by a recognized specialist in the specific field of interest. Individual entries give a short biography of the author and discuss the significance of the works in the time and setting of their publication, and in their broader influence on the development of law worldwide. Introductory essays explore the development of Western legal traditions, especially the influence of the English common law, and of Roman and canon law on legal writers, and the borrowings and interaction between them.

The book goes beyond the study of institutions and traditions of individual countries to chart a broader perspective on the transmission of legal concepts across legal, political, and geographical boundaries. Examining the branches of this genealogical tree of books makes clear their pervasive influence on modern legal systems, including attempts at rationalizing custom or creating new hybrid systems by transplanting Western legal concepts into other jurisdictions.

Keywords

Development of Legal Literature and Culture Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Tradition Former Colonial Territories in Africa Jurisprudence Legal History Legal Transplants Scientification of the Law Spectrum of Legal Methods, Traditions and Education Famous Jurists Legal Iconography

Editors and affiliations

  • Serge Dauchy
    • 1
  • Georges Martyn
    • 2
  • Anthony Musson
    • 3
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki
    • 4
  • Alain Wijffels
    • 5
  1. 1.CNRS – University of LilleLilleFrance
  2. 2.Ghent UniversityGentBelgium
  3. 3.School of LawUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Afdeling Historische ontwikkelingLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45567-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45564-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45567-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9842
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9850
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