Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries: A Seminal Text in National and International Contexts (Hardback)
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Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries: A Seminal Text in National and International Contexts (Hardback)

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Hardback 221 Pages / Published: 07/08/2014
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This collection explores the remarkable impact and continuing influence of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, from the work's original publication in the 1760s down to the present. Contributions by cultural and literary scholars, and intellectual and legal historians trace the manner in which this truly seminal text has established its authority well beyond the author's native shores or his own limited lifespan. In the first section, `Words and Visions', Kathryn Temple, Simon Stern, Cristina S Martinez and Michael Meehan discuss the Commentaries' aesthetic and literary qualities as factors contributing to the work's unique status in Anglo-American legal culture. The second group of essays traces the nature and dimensions of Blackstone's impact in various jurisdictions outside England, namely Quebec (Michel Morin), Louisiana and the United States more generally (John W Cairns and Stephen M Sheppard), North Carolina (John V Orth) and Australasia (Wilfrid Prest). Finally Horst Dippel, Paul Halliday and Ruth Paley examine aspects of Blackstone's influential constitutional and political ideas, while Jessie Allen concludes the volume with a personal account of `Reading Blackstone in the Twenty-First Century and the Twenty-First Century through Blackstone'. This volume is a sequel to the well-received collection Blackstone and his Commentaries: Biography, Law, History (Hart Publishing, 2009).

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781849465380
Number of pages: 221
Weight: 557 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


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Re-interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries is both instructive and enjoyable. -- Christopher Tomlins * Adelaide Law Review *
Overall [Wilf] Prest's work is original and well worth-reading (...) He managed to compile a modern and exciting book, dealing with one of the eternal topics of legal history. (Translated from the original German review) -- Helge Dedek * Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung fur Rechtsgeschichte *

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