Category Archives: Legal History

Analysis of the game of chess; a new edition, greatly enlarged. By A. D. Philidor.

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: … Continue reading

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Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535

Absolutism in Renaissance Milan shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was claimed by the ruling Milanese dynasties, the Visconti and the Sforza, and why this privilege was finally abandoned by Francesco II Sforza … Continue reading

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Law as Institutional Normative Order (The Edinburgh Center for Law and Society)

MacCormick’s “Institutions of Law” is the culmination of a lifetime’s work in legal theory by one of the world’s most respected legal theorists. Featuring an impressive collection of contributions from well-known legal theorists from around the world, all of whom … Continue reading

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Murder Was Not a Crime: Homicide and Power in the Roman Republic

Embarking on a unique study of Roman criminal law, Judy Gaughan has developed a novel understanding of the nature of social and political power dynamics in republican government. Revealing the significant relationship between political power and attitudes toward homicide in … Continue reading

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Law in Medieval Russia (Law in Eastern Europe)

Much of what we know about the colourful Russian middle ages comes from legal sources: the treaties of Russian-Scandinavian warlords with the Byzantine emperors, the gradual penetration of Christianity and Byzantine institutions, the endless game of war and peace among … Continue reading

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Law and Judicial Duty

Philip Hamburger’s Law and Judicial Duty traces the early history of what is today called “judicial review.” Working from previously unexplored evidence, Hamburger questions the very concept of judicial review. Although decisions holding statutes unconstitutional are these days considered instances … Continue reading

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Writing Greek Law

The use of writing in the development of Greek law was unique. In this comparative study Professor Gagarin shows the reader how Greek law developed and explains why it became so different from the legal systems with which most legal … Continue reading

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The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom

The Framers of the American Constitution were substantially influenced by ancient history and classical political theory, as exemplified by their education, the availability of classical readings, and their inculcation in classical republican values. This volume explores how the Framing generation … Continue reading

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The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2000

This highly original book examines the function of legal norms and institutions in the transition to – and from – apartheid. It sheds light on the neglected relationship between path dependence and the law. The Legacies of Law demonstrates that … Continue reading

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Who Owns the Sky?: The Struggle to Control Airspace from the Wright Brothers On

In the summer of 1900, a zeppelin stayed aloft for a full eighteen minutes above Lake Constance and mankind found itself at the edge of a new world. Where many saw hope and the dawn of another era, one man … Continue reading

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