Catalonia's Advocates: Lawyers, Society, and Politics in Barcelona, 1759-1900

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Sep 15, 2009 - Law - 352 pages
Offering a window into the history of the modern legal profession in Western Europe, Stephen Jacobson presents a history of lawyers in the most industrialized city on the Mediterranean. Far from being mere curators of static law, Barcelona's lawyers were at the center of social conflict and political and economic change, mediating between state, family, and society.

Beginning with the resurrection of a decadent bar during the Enlightenment, Jacobson traces the historical evolution of lawyers throughout the long nineteenth century. Among the issues he explores are the attributes of the modern legal profession, how lawyers engaged with the Enlightenment, how they molded events in the Age of Revolution and helped consolidate a liberal constitutional order, why a liberal profession became conservative and corporatist, and how lawyers promoted fin-de-siecle nationalism.

From the vantage point of a city with a distinguished legal tradition, Catalonia's Advocates provides fresh insight into European social and legal history; the origins of liberal professionalism; education, training, and the practice of law in the nineteenth century; the expansion of continental bureaucracies; and the corporatist aspects of modern nationalism.

 

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Contents

LAWYERS AND THE CITY
1
OLD REGIME AND ENLIGHTENMENT
28
WAR REVOLUTION AND REPRESSION
68
INSTITUTIONS LEADERS AND THE LAW
107
BACKGROUNDS TRAINING AND PRACTICE
151
LAW AND CATALANISM
198
7 Conclusion and Epilogue THE SILVER AGE OF THE PROFESSION
239
Notes
257
Bibliography
299
Index
327
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Stephen Jacobson is a Ramon y Cajal Research Scholar at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

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