An Historical Introduction to Private Law

An Historical Introduction to Private Law

by R. C. van Caenegem, R. C. Caenegem
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521405149

ISBN-13: 9780521405140

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

One of the world's foremost legal historians attempts to explain how the private law of the Western world as we know it today evolved chronologically from the Germanic invasion in the early Middle Ages to the present day.  See more details below

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One of the world's foremost legal historians attempts to explain how the private law of the Western world as we know it today evolved chronologically from the Germanic invasion in the early Middle Ages to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521405140
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-language edition
1The origins of contemporary private law, 1789-18071
The Code civil of 1804: an end and a new beginning1
The Code civil in Europe2
Common law and reception2
The compilation and promulgation of the Code civil of 18044
The Code civil: ancient and modern6
The spirit of the Code civil7
Courts and procedure10
The merits of codification11
Opposition to codification13
Bibliography15
2Antecedents: the early Middle Ages, c. 500-c. 110016
The character of the period16
Roman law17
The Germanic national laws18
Feudal law20
Legislation: general points20
Legislation: the capitularies21
Jurisprudence24
The courts and procedure25
Evaluation26
Bibliography28
3Europe and Roman-Germanic law, c. 1100-c. 175030
Character of the period30
Before and after 1500: continuity31
The development of the law: outline33
Customary law35
The European ius commune45
Legislation85
Case law95
The courts and procedure99
Factors107
Evaluation108
Bibliography109
4Enlightenment, natural law and the modern codes: from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries115
Characteristics115
The Enlightenment115
Natural law117
The codes of the Enlightenment122
Factors125
The courts and procedure128
English law in the Enlightenment134
Evaluation of the law of reason139
The law of reason and the Historical School142
Bibliography144
5The nineteenth century: the interpretation of the Code civil and the struggle for the law147
France147
Belgium and the Netherlands151
Germany155
Conservative England159
Innovation in England162
Bibliography165
6Statute, case law and scholarship170
The question170
Advantages and disadvantages170
Legislators, judges and professors: competition173
Law and the Volksgeist177
7Factors180
Introduction180
Change in law181
Ideas and political power183
Social groups and private law184
The intellectual and moral climate187
Final considerations196
General bibliography198
Index206

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