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This book describes a century of tremendous legal change, of inspiring legal developments, and profound failures. The twentieth century took the United States from the Progressive Era's optimism about law and social engineering to current concerns about a hyperlegalistic society, from philosophical idealism to the implementation of democracy, the rule of law, and the idea of human rights throughout the world. At the same time, law maintained its status as the key language of governance in the United States, the most "legal" of all countries, which has succeeded in making its version of the state a point of reference around the globe.
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"Rather than a historical survey Looking Back at Law's Century is a series of provocative arguments about the ways that the law shaped and responded to areas of U.S. and international society—for better and worse—during the twentieth century. . . . Looking Back at Law's Century aggressively crosses disciplinary boundaries between rhetoric, anthropology, history, and political science, enlivening and deepening debates about citizenship, human rights, racial and gender injustice, and the United States in a transnational context."—Lee Bernstein, San Jose State University. H-Net Reviews, Dec. 2002.

"Looking Back at Law's Century is noteworthy because of the important contributions made by major thinkers approaching law from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives. This is an outstanding collection."—Paul Schiff Berman, University of Connecticut School of Law

"Looking Back at Law's Century is a provocative and compelling book. I opened it eagerly, my curiosity stirred by the topics addressed by the luminous group of contributors, and my initial excitement was sustained throughout the volume."—Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801439575
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introductory Essay: Facilitating and Domesticating Change: Democracy, Capitalism, and Law's Double Role in the Twentieth Century 1
The Idea of Political Freedom 35
Instituting Universal Human Rights Law: The Invention of Tradition in the Twentieth Century 58
Racial Justice: Moral or Political? 78
Visions of Self-Control: Fashioning a Liberal Approach to Crime and Punishment in the Twentieth Century 109
Twentieth-Century Legal Metaphors for Self and Society 151
Citizenship, Agency, and the Dream of Time 184
The Rhetoric of Community: Civil Society and the Legal Order 213
Law and the Corporation 232
The Legal Origins of the Modern American State 249
The Legal Profession 287
Professing Law: Elite Law School Professors in the Twentieth Century 337
The Twentieth-Century Discipline of International Law in the United States 386
Index 435
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