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  • The Declaration of Independence and Godby Owen Anderson

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 88.00 US$ 72.16

    This book studies the concept of a 'self-evident' God in American legal thought from the Revolution to the present. more...

  • American Conservatismby Sanford V. Levinson; Melissa S. Williams; Joel Parker

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 55.25

    The topic of American conservatism is especially timely?and perhaps volatile.  Is there what might be termed an ?exceptional? form of conservatism that is characteristically American, in contrast to conservatisms found in other countries?  Are views that are identified in the United States as conservative necessarily congruent with what political... more...

  • The Presidents and the Constitutionby Ken Gormley

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 38.25

    In this sweepingly ambitious volume, the nation?s foremost experts on the American presidency and the U.S. Constitution join together to tell the intertwined stories of how each American president has confronted and shaped the Constitution. Each occupant of the office?the first president to the forty-fourth?has contributed to the story of the Constitution... more...

  • Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claimsby Paul J. du Plessis; John W. Cairns

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    The traditional grand narratives of European legal history have begun to be questioned, to the extend that the nature and legacy of legal humanism now deserve closer scrutiny. Building on the groundbreaking work by Douglas Osler, who has been critical of the traditional narratives, this volume interrogates the orthodox views regarding legal humanism... more...

  • Enlightenment, Legal Education, and Critiqueby John W. Cairns

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    Enlightenment, Legal Education, and Critique deals with broad themes in Legal History, such as the development of Scots Law through the major legal thinkers of the Enlightenment, essays on Roman law and miscellaneous essays on the literary and philosophical traditions within law. more...

  • English Common Law in the Age of Mansfieldby James Oldham

    The University of North Carolina Press 2005; US$ 29.99

    In the eighteenth century, the English common law courts laid the foundation that continues to support present-day Anglo-American law. Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, 1756-1788, was the dominant judicial force behind these developments. In this abridgment of his two-volume book, The Mansfield Manuscripts and the Growth... more...

  • English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381by Robert C. Palmer

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Robert Palmer's pathbreaking study shows how the Black Death triggered massive changes in both governance and law in fourteenth-century England, establishing the mechanisms by which the law adapted to social needs for centuries thereafter. The Black Death killed one-third of the English population between 1348 and 1351. To preserve traditional society,... more...

  • A License to Stealby Leonard W. Levy

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    Leonard Levy traces the development and implementation of forfeiture and contends that it is a questionable practice, which, because it is so often abused, serves only to undermine civil society. Arguing that civil forfeiture is unconstitutional, Levy provides examples of the victimization of innocent people and demonstrates that it has been used... more...

  • Declarations of Dependenceby Gregory Downs

    The University of North Carolina Press 2011; US$ 24.99

    In this highly original study, Gregory Downs argues that the most American of wars, the Civil War, created a seemingly un-American popular politics, rooted not in independence but in voluntary claims of dependence. Through an examination of the pleas and petitions of ordinary North Carolinians, Declarations of Dependence contends that the Civil War... more...

  • The Law's Conscienceby Peter Charles Hoffer

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The Law's Conscience is a history of equity in Anglo-American juris-prudence from the inception of the chancellor's court in medieval England to the recent civil rights and affirmative action decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Peter Hoffer argues that equity embodies a way of looking at law, including constitutions, based on ideas of... more...