Idea-Systems in Law: Images of Nineteenth-Century Germany

10 Law and History Review 153 (1992)

16 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2013

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David J. Gerber

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Written: 1992

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gerber, David J., Idea-Systems in Law: Images of Nineteenth-Century Germany (1992). 10 Law and History Review 153 (1992). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2297001

David J. Gerber (Contact Author)

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology ( email )

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