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Roman Law in European History

Roman Law in European History


  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521643795

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  • This is a short and succinct summary of the unique position of Roman law in European culture by one of the world's leading legal historians. Peter Stein's masterly study assesses the impact of Roman law in the ancient world, and its continued unifying influence throughout medieval and modern Europe. Roman Law in European History is unparalleled in lucidity and authority, and should prove of enormous utility for teachers and students (at all levels) of legal history, comparative law and European Studies. Award-winning on its appearance in German translation, this English rendition of a magisterial work of interpretive synthesis is an invaluable contribution to the understanding of perhaps the most important European legal tradition of all.

    • A major short synthetic statement on a massive theme by a senior legal scholar
    • Substantial adoption potential in UK, Europe and USA
    • One of the five 'legal books of the year' in Germany in 1997
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    'In Roman Law in European History, a master gives his readers both an introduction to the law of ancient Rome and an account of how that law lived on, well after the demise of the ancient society. For students and for scholarly beginners, this short book is an excellent way to learn the story and to understand its importance. … Although it is a summary that is mindful of the uninitiated, this small book manages not to sacrifice the rigorous or the scholarly.' David V. Snyder, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

    'Every scholar will learn from this account, and students coming fresh to the subject will find it an excellent place to start.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521643795
    • length: 148 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.273kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction
    Part II. Roman Law in Antiquity:
    1. The law of the Twelve Tables
    2. Legal development by interpretation
    3. The praetor and the control of remedies
    4. The ius gentium and the advent of jurists
    5. The Empire and the law
    6. The jurists in the classical period
    7. The ordering of the law
    8. The culmination of classical jurisprudence
    9. The division of the empire
    10. Post-classical law and procedure
    11. The decline of legal science
    12. The end of the Western empire
    13. Justinian and the Corpus iuris
    Part III. The Revival of Justinian's Law:
    14. Roman law and Germanic law in the West
    15. Church and empire
    16. The rediscovery of the Digest
    17. The civil law glossolators
    18. Civil law and canon law
    19. The attraction of the Bologna studium
    20. The new learning outside Italy
    21. Applied civil law: legal procedure
    22. Applied civil law: legislative power
    23. Civil law and custom
    24. Civil law and local laws in the thirteenth century
    25. The studium of Orleans
    Part IV. Roman Law and the Nation State:
    26. The commentators
    27. The impact of humanism
    28. Humanism and the civil law
    29. The civil law becomes a science
    30. The ordering of the customary law
    31. The Bartolist reaction
    32. The reception of Roman law
    33. The reception in Germany
    34. Court practice as a source of law
    35. Civil law and natural law
    36. Civil law and international law
    37. Theory and practice in the Netherlands
    Part V. Roman Law and Codification:
    38. Roman law and national laws
    39. The mature natural law
    40. The codification movement
    41. Early codifications in Germany and Austria
    42. Pothier and the French Civil Code
    43. The German historical school
    44. Pandect-science and the German Civil Code
    45. Nineteenth-century legal science outside Germany
    46. Roman law in the twentieth century.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to the History of Law
    • Roman Law in History
  • Author

    Peter Stein, University of Cambridge

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