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A history of law in Europe, from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century, Antonio Padoa-Schioppa

A history of law in Europe, from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century, Antonio Padoa-Schioppa
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 740-780) and index
Main title
A history of law in Europe
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Antonio Padoa-Schioppa
Sub title
from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century
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
Table Of Contents
Part I. Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (V-XI Century): Law in late antiquity -- Christianity, Church, and law -- Law of the Germanic Kingdoms -- The Carolingian and Feudal age -- Customs and legal culture -- Church reform -- Part II. The Age of the Classical Ius Commune (XII-XV Century): The Glossators and the new legal science -- Canon law -- Law and institutions -- University: students and teachers -- Legal professions -- The commentators -- Particular laws -- Local laws -- The legal system of the medieval ius commune -- English common law: the formative years -- Part III. The Early Modern Period (XVI-XVIII Century): Churches and states in the age of absolutism -- Legal humanism -- Practitioners and professors -- Legal doctrine and the legal professions -- Court decisions -- Local law and royal legislations -- Natural law -- Jurists of the 18th century -- The sources of law -- English law (XVI-XVIII century) -- Part IV. The Age of Reforms (1750-1814): The Enlightenment and the law -- The reforms -- The French Revolution and the law -- The Napoleonic era -- The Codifications -- Part V. The Age of Nations (1815-1914): Law during the Restoration -- The Historical School and German legal science -- Late nineteenth-century codes and laws -- Legal professions -- Legal science between the nineteenth and the twentieth century -- Part VI. The Twentieth Century: Law and legislation between the two World Wars -- Law in the second half of the twentieth century -- Some outlines of the new legal culture -- European Union Law -- Heading towards global law?
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