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A History of Law in Europe
From the Early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century


  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316632307

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  • With its roots in ancient Greece, Roman law and Christianity, European legal history is the history of a common civilisation. The exchange of legislative models, doctrines and customs within Europe included English common law and has been extensive from the early middle ages to the present time. In this seminal work which spans from the fifth to the twentieth century, Antonio Padoa-Schioppa explores how law was brought to life in the six main phases of European legal history. By analysing a selection of the institutions of private and public law which are most representative of each phase and of each country, he also sheds light on the common features throughout the history of European legal culture. Translated in English for the first time, this new edition has been revised to include the recent developments of the European Union and the legal-historical works of the last decade.

    • Adopts a comparative approach to European legal history
    • Explores the interconnections between legal sources throughout the development of European legal culture
    • Considers legal theory alongside religious, philosophical, economic and political doctrine
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    '… a finely detailed and richly contextual account of European legal history. Originally published in 2007 in Italian, this 2017 edition is the first English translation of the title … The content of the book starts far earlier in time than most European legal history volumes, beginning with a retelling of law, church, kingdoms, and customs from as early as the fifth century. … [It] leads readers through the six main phases of European legal history, including an updated section that covers recent developments in the European Union. … this work is well-suited to a historian looking for a precisely detailed time line of European history as it relates to the law.' E. Millspaugh, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316632307
    • length: 822 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 47 mm
    • weight: 1.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (V–XI Century):
    1. Law in late antiquity
    2. Christianity, Church and law
    3. Law of the Germanic Kingdoms
    4. The Carolingian and Feudal age
    5. Customs and legal culture
    6. Church reform
    Part II. The Age of the Classical Ius Commune (XII–XV Century):
    7. The Glossators and the new legal science
    8. Canon law
    9. Law and institutions
    10. University - students and teachers
    11. Legal professions
    12. The commentators
    13. Particular laws
    14. Local laws
    15. The legal system of the medieval ius commune
    16. English common law - the formative years
    Part III. The Early Modern Period (XVI–XVIII Century):
    17. Churches and states in the age of absolutism
    18. Legal humanism
    19. Practitioners and professors
    20. Legal doctrine and the legal professions
    21. Court decisions
    22. Local law and royal legislations
    23. Natural law
    24. Jurists of the eighteenth century
    25. The sources of law
    26. English law (XVI–XVIII century)
    Part IV. The Age of Reforms (1750–1814):
    27. The Enlightenment and the law
    28. The reforms
    29. The French Revolution and the law
    30. The Napoleonic era
    31. The Codifications
    Part V. The Age of Nations (1815–1914):
    32. Law during the Restoration
    33. The Historical School and German legal science
    34. Late nineteenth-century codes and laws
    35. Legal professions
    36. Legal science between the nineteenth and the twentieth century
    Part VI. The Twentieth Century:
    37. Law and legislation between the two World Wars
    38. Law in the second half of the twentieth century
    39. Some outlines of the new legal culture
    40. European Union law
    41. Heading towards global law?

  • Author

    Antonio Padoa-Schioppa, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Antonio Padoa-Schioppa is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Law School at Università degli Studi di Milano.


    Caterina Fitzgerald

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