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Legal history is a term that has at least two meanings.


(1) Among certain jurists and historians of legal process it has been seen as the recording of the evolution of laws and the technical explanation of how these laws have evolved with the view of better understanding the origins of various legal concepts, some consider it a branch of intellectual history. Intellectual history means either: the history of intellectuals, or: the history of the people who create, discuss, write about and in other ways propagate ideas. ...


(2) Twentieth century historians have viewed legal history in a more contextualized manner more in line with the thinking of social historians. They have looked at legal insistutions as complex systems of rules, players and symbols and have seen these elements interact with society to change, adapt, resist or promote certain aspects of civil society. Such legal historians haved tended to analyze case histories from the parameters of social science inquiry, using statistical methods, analyzing class distinctions among litigants, petitioners and other players in various legal processes. By analyzing case outcomes, transaction costs, number of settled cases the have begun an anlysis of legal institutions, practices, procedures and briefs that give us a more complex picture of law and society that the study of jurisprudence, case law and civil codes can achieve. A historian is a person who studies history. ... Jump to: navigation, search Social history is an area of historical study considered by some to be a social science that attempts to view historical evidence from the point of view of developing social trends. ... Civil society or civil institutions refers to the totality of voluntary civic and social organizations or institutions which form the basis of a functioning society as opposed to the force backed structures of a state (regardless of that states political system). ... Terms like SOSE (Studies of Society & the Environment) not only refer to social sciences but also studies of the environment. ... For the song by the California punk band Pennywise, see Society (song). ... Jump to: navigation, search Jurisprudence is the scientific study of law, including: Legal history, including legal historiography and hermeneutics; Legal philosophy; Legal science, e. ... Case law (precedential law) is the body of judge-made law and legal decisions that interprets prior case law, statutes and other legal authority -- including doctrinal writings by legal scholars such as the Corpus Juris Secundum, Halsburys Laws of England or the doctinal writings found in the Recueil Dalloz... Jump to: navigation, search A civil code is a systematic compilation of laws designed to comprehensively deal with the core areas of private law. ...


References

  • Sadakat Kadri, The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson, HarperCollins 2005. ISBN: 0007111215

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Legal history (194 words)
They have looked at legal insistutions as complex systems of rules, players and symbols and have seen these elements interact with society to change, adapt, resist or promote certain aspects of civil society.
Such legal historians haved tended to analyze case histories from the parameters of social science inquiry, using statistical methods, analyzing class distinctions among litigants, petitioners and other players in various legal processes.
By analyzing case outcomes, transaction costs, number of settled cases the have begun an anlysis of legal institutions, practices, procedures and briefs that give us a more complex picture of law and society that the study of jurisprudence, case law and civil codes can achieve.
Legal History: Massachusetts Lawyer Views (1650 words)
Trial by battle was the legal successor of the blood feud which was used to settle disputes by the Anglo-Saxons before the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
The ordeal was the principal form of legal proof throughout England and Europe until it came under attack by the church and the pope in 1215.
Legal centrism is basically the situation that arises when legal authority is concentrated in the hands of the state.
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