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Friedrich von Savigny: Of The Vocation of our Age for Legislation and Jurisprudence

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Friedrich Karl von Savigny (1779–1861) is the most famous figure in the German historical school of legal theory. The work from which the following selection is taken is his pamphlet Of the Vocation of Our Age for Legislation and Jurisprudence (1814), which is a polemic against the efforts to introduce into Germany a uniform code of law like the Napoleonic Code (which had been imposed in some German territories by the victorious French armies).


Legal Relation Primitive System Uniform Code Historical Spirit Organic Connection 
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