The Evolution of Western Private Law

The Evolution of Western Private Law

by Alan Watson
     
 

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In The Evolution of Western Private Law, renowned legal scholar Alan Watson presents a comprehensive overview of legal change in the Western world. Watson explains why and how such change occurs in mature systems, in underdeveloped systems, and when legal systems of different levels of sophistication and from different societal roots—such as those of

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In The Evolution of Western Private Law, renowned legal scholar Alan Watson presents a comprehensive overview of legal change in the Western world. Watson explains why and how such change occurs in mature systems, in underdeveloped systems, and when legal systems of different levels of sophistication and from different societal roots—such as those of the Romans and of Germanic tribes—come into contact.

Originally intended as a second edition of the author's widely acclaimed The Evolution of Law (1985), this expanded edition has been completely restructured with more than double the number of examples. The result is a work that incorporates all the ideas that Watson has put forward during his twenty-five years studying comparative law and the development of legal systems, combining a remarkable range of sources with superb insight.

Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Philology
A pioneering work [that] bids fair to open up a new direction in legal history... This book maintains the scholarly standards of Watson's previous works, and it is certainly one of his most provocative offerings.
Booknews
Watson (University of Georgia Law School) overviews legal change in the Western world. He explains how and why such change occurs in mature systems, in underdeveloped systems, and when legal systems of different levels of sophistication and from different societal roots, such as those of the Romans and of Germanic tribes, combine on contact. Originally intended as a second edition of the author's (1985), this expanded edition has been completely restructured with more than double the number of examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
The Evolution of Western Private Law is an innovative look at the development of the Western legal tradition. It makes an important contribution to the literature on legal history, and Watson has carefully examined the sources and the relevant legal documents. Although highly detailed and somewhat technical, Watson writes with great clarity.

— Gerald J. Russello

American Historical Review

A bold, brilliant, and provocative book that will occasion much debate in legal circles.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Gerald J. Russello

The Evolution of Western Private Law is an innovative look at the development of the Western legal tradition. It makes an important contribution to the literature on legal history, and Watson has carefully examined the sources and the relevant legal documents. Although highly detailed and somewhat technical, Watson writes with great clarity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801877087
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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