A History of European Law, ISBN-13: 978-1405152945
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Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 29, 2010)
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
From the Back Cover
A History of European Law charts the development of law in Europe from its medieval origins to the present day. It examines the transformation within European societies from a medieval understanding of law centred around the role of the Church and the local community towards one in which law was codified and set apart as an expression of the centralized, secular authority of the state. Such a change reflects many broader developments within European history, in political, economic and cultural terms. This overview uses the history of law to offer a fresh perspective on these wider issues.
Throughout, the author explores the changing social context of the relationship between law and culture and the development of political ideas about the modern state. He also demonstrates the diversity of traditions in Europe: for instance, France, with its set of law codes, differs fundamentally from Britain , with its tradition of common law. For the member states of the European Union, these differing perspectives were brought together in 2003 with the publication of the European Union Constitution. A History of European Law not only helps us to appreciate the immense political and intellectual achievement that this document represents but also reveals its limitations in the ongoing search for common European values and goals.
About the Author
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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