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Law and revolution : the formation of the Western legal tradition

Author: Harold J Berman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1983.
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The roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts go back nine centuries to the Papal Revolution, when the Western church established its political and legal unity and its independence from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. Out of this upheaval came the Western idea of integrated legal systems consciously developed over generations and centuries. Harold J. Berman describes the main features of these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Berman, Harold J. (Harold Joseph), 1918-2007.
Law and revolution.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1983
(OCoLC)657301887
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold J Berman
ISBN: 0674517741 9780674517745 0674517768 9780674517769
OCLC Number: 8827871
Description: xiii, 657 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Law and history --
Law and revolution --
The crisis of the Western legal tradition --
Toward a social theory of law --
pt. 1. The papal revolution and the canon law. The background of the Western legal tradition : the folk-law --
The origin of the Western legal tradition in the papal revolution --
The origin of Western legal science in the European universities --
Theological sources of the Western legal tradition --
Canon law : the first modern Western legal system --
Structural elements of the system of canon law --
Becket versus Henry II : the competition of concurrent jurisdictions --
pt. 2. The formation of secular legal systems. The concept of secular law --
Feudal law --
Manorial law --
Mercantile law --
Urban law --
Royal law : Sicily, England, Normandy, France --
Royal law : Germany, Spain, Flanders, Hungary, Denmark --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Harold J. Berman.

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The roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts go back nine centuries to the Papal Revolution, when the Western church established its political and legal unity and its independence from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. Out of this upheaval came the Western idea of integrated legal systems consciously developed over generations and centuries. Harold J. Berman describes the main features of these systems of law, including the canon law of the church, the royal law of the major kingdoms, the urban law of the newly emerging cities, feudal law, manorial law, and mercantile law. In the coexistence and competition of these systems he finds an important source of the Western belief in the supremacy of law.

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