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  • 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...

  • Law, Land, and Familyby Eileen Spring

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Eileen Spring presents a fresh interpretation of the history of inheritance among the English gentry and aristocracy. In a work that recasts both the history of real property law and the history of the family, she finds that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class real property inheritance was the exclusion of females. This exclusion... more...

  • Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860by Thomas D. Morris

    The University of North Carolina Press 2004; US$ 29.99

    This volume is the first comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War. As Thomas Morris clearly shows, racial slavery came to the English colonies as an institution without strict legal definitions or guidelines. Specifically, he demonstrates that there was no coherent... more...

  • The Supreme Court and Legal Changeby Lee Epstein; Joseph F. Kobylka

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The authors analyze abortion and death penalty decisions by the Supreme Court and argue that they provide prime examples of abrupt legal change. After proposing that the strength of legal arguments has at least as much impact on Court decisions as do public opinion and justices' political beliefs, they focus on the way litigators propel certain issues... more...

  • Juries and the Transformation of Criminal Justice in France in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuriesby James M. Donovan

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    James Donovan takes a comprehensive approach to the history of the jury in modern France by investigating the legal, political, sociocultural, and intellectual aspects of jury trial from the Revolution through the twentieth century. He demonstrates that these juries, through their decisions, helped shape reform of the nation's criminal justice system.... more...

  • The Mormon Questionby Sarah Barringer Gordon

    The University of North Carolina Press 2003; US$ 29.99

    From the Mormon Church's public announcement of its sanction of polygamy in 1852 until its formal decision to abandon the practice in 1890, people on both sides of the "Mormon question" debated central questions of constitutional law. Did principles of religious freedom and local self-government protect Mormons' claim to a distinct, religiously based... 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...