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Legal History

  • Shaping US Military Lawby Joshua E. Kastenberg

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Since the United States’ entry into World War II, the federal judiciary has taken a prominent role in the shaping of the nation’s military laws. Yet, a majority of the academic legal community studying the relationship between the Court and the military establishment argues otherwise providing the basis for a further argument that the legal... more...

  • A Muted Furyby William G. Ross

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 44.00

    For half a century before 1937, populists, progressives, and labor leaders complained bitterly that a "judicial oligarchy" impeded social and economic reform by imposing crippling restraints on trade unions and nullifying legislation that regulated business corporations. A Muted Fury , the first study of this neglected chapter in American political... more...

  • The Poor in Courtby Susan E. Lawrence

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Focusing on the Supreme Court as an integral part of the policy-making process, Susan Lawrence examines how a change in who has access to the Court, and the nature of the institutions that structure that access, has affected its agenda setting and doctrinal development. In her analysis of cases sponsored by the Legal Services Program (LSP) before... more...

  • The Legacy of Roman Law in the German Romantic Eraby James Q. Whitman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.50

    Well after the process of codification had begun elsewhere in nineteenth-century Europe, ancient Roman law remained in use in Germany, expounded by brilliant scholars and applied in both urban and rural courts. The survival of this flourishing Roman legal culture into the industrial era is a familiar fact, but until now little effort has been made... more...

  • Knowing the Suffering of Othersby Austin Sarat; Austin Sarat; Montré D. Carodine; Cathy Caruth; Alan L. Durham; Brian K. Fair; Steven Hobbs; Gregory Keating; Linda Ross Meyer; Meredith M. Render; Austin Sarat; Jeannie Suk; John Fabian Witt

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In Knowing the Suffering of Others , legal scholar Austin Sarat brings together essays that address suffering as it relates to the law, highlighting the ways law imagines suffering and how pain and suffering become jurisprudential facts. From fetal imaging to end-of-life decisions, torts to international human rights, domestic violence to torture,... more...

  • Revolution in the Houseby Margaret H. Darrow

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.95

    To what extent did the French Revolution "revolutionize" the French family? In examining the changes in inheritance laws brought on by the Revolution, Margaret Darrow gives a lively account of the mixed effects legislation had on families of this period. As a test case, she has chosen the southern city of Montauban, whose Roman-based law enabling... more...

  • Law and the Formation of Modern Europeby Mikael Rask Madsen; Chris Thornhill

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 88.00

    Presents a series of distinct sociological inquiries into the formation of contemporary European law and society. more...

  • Journey to a Hangingby Peter Wells

    Random House New Zealand 2014; Not Available

    Part history, part biography, part social commentary, this fascinating book is about infamous events that shook New Zealand to its core. In 1865, Rev Carl Sylvius Volkner was hanged, his head cut off, his eyes eaten and his blood drunk from his church chalice. One name - Kereopa Te Rau (Kaiwhatu: The Eye-eater) - became synonymous with the murder.... more...

  • Historicism, Originalism and the Constitutionby Patrick J. Charles

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    The use of history in law is a time honored tradition. Over the years the practice has assumed many forms, including historicism, intentionalism, interpretivist history, law office history, historical narrative, originalism, etc. This book picks up where past commentators have left off in this time honored debate. The different historically based approaches... more...

  • American Smuggling as White Collar Crimeby Lawrence Karson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    When Edwin Sutherland introduced the concept of white-collar crime, he referred to the respectable businessmen of his day who had, in the course of their occupations, violated the law whenever it was advantageous to do so. Yet since the founding of the American Republic, numerous otherwise respectable individuals had been involved in white-collar... more...