Imagining the law: common law and the foundations of the American legal system
Norman Cantor's qualifications speak for themselves: professor of history and sociology at New York University, adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of the United Kingdom. In Imagining the Law, he narrates the development of English common law, the basis of the American constitutional and judicial system, tracing its beginnings in Roman law and its evolution in response to the needs of English society and culture from 1000 to 1780.
Unlike most legal histories, Imagining the Law shows how the social, cultural, and political contexts of the time influenced law and relates those developments to today's legal system. Authoritatively based on extensive recent research in the field of legal history and upon the author's own findings, Imagining the Law is an invaluable resource for the legal community, as well as for readers interested in American and European history.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - chriszodrow - LibraryThing
Should be required reading for any first year law student. Indispensable for an understanding of the legal system in the West. A clarifying read in regards to the differences between canon and common law. Should be back in print. Read full review
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Common law can be defined as legal processes necessary for the general welfare. Relying on extensive historical, sociological, and cultural analysis, Cantor (history and sociology, New York Univ ... Read full review
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