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A History of European Law

ISBN: 978-1-4443-1925-5
224 pages
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book explores the development of law in Europe from its medieval origins to the present day, charting the transformation from law rooted in the Church and local community towards a recognition of the centralised, secular authority of the state.
  • Shows how these changes reflect the wider political, economic, and cultural developments within European history
  • Demonstrates the diversity of traditions between European states and the possibilities and limitations in the search for common European values and goals
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Table of Contents



1. Medieval Roots

2. Medieval Roots II

3. The Foundations of the Modern legal System

4. Journeys in Contemporary law

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Author Information

Paolo Grossi (born in Florence in 1933) is Professor of History of Medieval and Modern Law at the University of Florence, and a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. He has recently been appointed   judge in the Constitutional Court of the Italian Republic. His most recent publications include Italian Civil Lawyers: An Historical Profile (2002), Law between Power and the Judicial System (2005), Society, Law, State: A Recovery for Law (2007), The Medieval Judicial System (2008) and First Lesson on Law (2008).
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"With that said, it remains a remarkable work written by a master of his craft. It conveys complex ideas effortlessly and picks out interesting themes throughout." (The Edinburgh Law Review, 1 September 2011)


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