Idea-Systems in Law: Images of Nineteenth-Century Germany
10 Law and History Review 153 (1992)
16 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2013
Date Written: 1992
The extent to which ideas within a legal culture are systematically related to each other may have a far greater influence on the characteristics of that culture than is generally supposed. Particularly, where a single system of legal concepts controls central elements of legal culture, that system is likely to have a major impact on goals, methods, and values within the culture and on the relationships between legal culture and political power. The characteristics and roles of idea-systems in law thus deserve the careful attention of scholars.
Yet scholars seldom have focused on the role of idea-systems in law, except in regard to Roman law's influence on the development of civil law. In this essay, therefore, I explore this phenomenon in the course of reviewing two books that contribute significantly to advancing our understanding of legal idea-systems in general, and their roles in nineteenth-century German law in particular.
Keywords: international law, comparative law, Germany, idea-systems, legal culture
JEL Classification: K19, K33, K42
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