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INQUIRY INTO THE ORIGIN OF THE LAWS AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS OF MODERN EUROPE, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF ENGLAND

Spence, George; Hoeflich, Michael


Item #: 61907

Pages: xxxvi, 600 pp.
Published: OE; London: John Murray; Reprinted in 2006.

Subjects: COMPARATIVE LAW, LEGAL HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED KINGDOM

This book is mentioned by Holdsworth in A History of EnglishLaw, who deems it a "learned book" (XIII: 496). According toSpence's preface, his work on the translation of the CodeNapolean led him to "look attentively into the civil law ofthe Romans, where he found that a great proportion of thedoctrines of the common law of England, even many of thosewhich are purely artificial, were found in the Corpus JurisCivilis. This induced him to study the civil and criminalcode of the Romans with some minuteness, and to compare thepolitical and judicial institutions of modern Europe, and ofour own country in particular, with those of ancient Rome,in order to discover to what extent the former might betraced from the latter, their venerable and classicalorigins." (v). Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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