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Easily access four centuries of historical legal codes from northern, central, and eastern Europe.
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 fulfills legal historians' needs with historical codes in an easy-to-find online form. The seventh installment in Gale's widely popular The Making of Modern Law series complements the collection of treatises found in Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926. Importantly, it provides an interpretive analysis with books on codes, the "primary sources" of law.
Jurisdictions include Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, as well as other countries in northern and Eastern Europe. Of interest to historians is the inclusion of texts in Western languages on significant topics, such as Ausfurhliches handbuch uber den Code Napoleon (1810) and Motivi, Rapporti, opinioni e discorsi -- per la formazione del codice napoleone (1838-1849). The large British component, which includes Public General Acts, 1801-1922, assures that about half the titles are in English.
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 is sourced from the outstanding collections at the law libraries of Yale University, Harvard University, and George Washington University.
This collection includes regulations, session laws, journals, and codes and commentaries. Included codes fall into several categories:
- Administration of Justice
- Civil Law
- Civil Procedure
- Commercial Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Customary Law
- Forestry and Agricultural Law
- Maritime Law
- Military Law
- Other Codes and Commentaries
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