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Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir William Blackstone, Stanley N. Katz


Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir William Blackstone, Stanley N. Katz

Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769) stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system. Blackstone demonstrated that the English law as a system of justice was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate reknown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education in England and in America which was to last into the late nineteenth centure. The book is regarded not only as a legal classic but as a literary masterpiece.

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Stanley N. Katz is professor of legal history at Princeton University. He has written widely on English and American legal history of the eighteenth century.

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Publication date

1st November 1979


Sir William Blackstone, Stanley N. Katz

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University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press


496 pages


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