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New PDF release: A History of European Law

By Paolo Grossi

ISBN-10: 140515294X

ISBN-13: 9781405152945

This e-book explores the advance of legislation in Europe from its medieval origins to the current day, charting the transformation from legislations rooted within the Church and native group in the direction of a acceptance of the centralised, secular authority of the nation.

  • Shows how those adjustments mirror the broader political, monetary, and cultural advancements inside ecu history
  • Demonstrates the variety of traditions among eu states and the chances and boundaries within the look for universal ecu values and goals

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Thus began the great and, before long, widespread trend of founding universities. We shall deal here only with the very profound realignments which occurred in the fields of theology and of philosophy, since it is from these disciplines that the study of law derived the intellectual nourishment which allowed it to start flourishing in such fertile soil. Political Power and the Law: The Marginality of Late Medieval Legislators One can identify a number of innovations, occurring around the end of the eleventh century and the beginning of the twelfth, that affected the underlying structures of Western culture and the collective consciousness.

The kind of intrusive government which believes itself able and entitled to intervene at a social level and to control the legal dimension of its subjects’ lives by producing all the laws which govern them finds no place in the Middle Ages and will not come about until a later period. The prince continues to be thought of in the collective consciousness as the supreme judge of the community, with one fundamental, non-negotiable quality and virtue, that of justice: the ability to make equitable decisions based on the true nature of things.

Cultural learning could now start to circulate more widely. The cultural void I talked about earlier, which led me to speak of naturalism, and even of primitivism, began to be filled. indd 20 1/20/2010 10:54:51 AM medieval roots 21 matrix that covered all of Europe, and who engaged in lively debate with their peers. The schools which took it upon themselves to foster these debates were by their nature opposed to the stifling influence of particularism, and strove instead for universal ideas. Thus began the great and, before long, widespread trend of founding universities.

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