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The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

Edited by Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins

Published in print August 2018 | ISBN: 9780198794356
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191837739 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198794356.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Drawing on scholarship from around the world, and representing a variety of methodological approaches, areas of expertise, and research agendas, this compendium takes stock of legal history and methodology and reflects on the various modes of historical analysis of law, past, present, and future. Part I explores the relationship between legal history as historical analysis of law and other scholarly projects, including history unmodified and legal history as a subspecies of historical—rather than of legal—scholarship, as well as other modes of critical analysis of law, such as economic, philosophical, sociological, comparative, literary, and rhetorical approaches. Part II considers various approaches to legal history as a scholarly enterprise, ranging from legal history as social history to more recent projects such as legal history and digital humanities and empirical legal history. Part III focuses on the interrelation between legal history and jurisprudence by investigating the role and conception of historical inquiry in various models, schools, and movements of legal thought. Part IV traces the place and pursuit of historical analysis in various legal systems and traditions across time, culture, and space, including, among others, ancient law, Aboriginal law, and global law. Finally, Part V narrows the Handbook’s focus to explore several examples of legal history in action, including its use in various legal doctrinal contexts, during times of national, and supranational, community building, and in various modes of legal intervention in specific disputes.

Keywords: legal history; law; social history; digital humanities; empirical legal history; jurisprudence; historical analysis; legal intervention

Book.  1200 pages. 

Subjects: Law

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Critical Histories of Comparative Law in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Literary Analysis of Law in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Legal History as Legal Scholarship in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Law as Social History in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Legal History as Political History in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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The Intellectual History of Law in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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Legal History as Doctrinal History in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History

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