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TIME PERIOD: 1600–1926

 

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The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926, brings together foreign, comparative, and international titles in a single resource.  Its International Law component features works of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Grotius, Selden, Zouche, Pufendorf, Bijnkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, Martens, Mackintosh, Wheaton, among others.  The Foreign Law component features foreign legal treatises of a variety of countries. Because the term "treatise" is more of a common-law category, the equivalent works in civil-law systems may have other names such as commentaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, monographs, or festschriften.  The Comparative Law component features books that compare more than one legal system and includes Ancient, Roman, Jewish Law, and Islamic Law. These documents showcase that the roots of English common law can be found in the deep recesses of European history.

The materials in this archive are drawn from three world-class American law libraries: the Yale Law Library, the George Washington University Law Library, and the Columbia Law Library.

Summary:  The 6th installment in Gale's widely popular The Making of Modern Law series features international and foreign law primary source materials, including monographs on the laws of foreign jurisdictions. Coverage is primarily from the 19th and early 20th century, but there are also several hundred classics in European international law since the 17th century.

Significance:  The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926, complements the award-winning The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926.  Foreign, Comparative and International Law gives provides researchers with instant, full-text access to primary source documents previously found only at the largest and oldest repositories. 

This collection includes pre-1926 treatises and similar monographs in the following areas:

  • International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Foreign Law
  • Roman Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Jewish Law
  • Ancient Law

The Foreign Law component covers dozens of countries; the principal ones included are:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland 

Source:  The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law  is sourced from the outstanding collections of the Yale, George Washington University, and Columbia law libraries.

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