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The Importance of “Nutshells”

The Importance of “Nutshells” ALAN WATSON If I were asked to make a very short list of th e main events in western legal history I would choose: the flowering of Roman private law until the en d of th e so-called classical period around 235 A.D.; th e codification of Roma n law betwee n 528 and 534 by th e Byzantine em­ peror, Justinian I; the Reception of Roman law in western Europe (and beyond) from the late eleventh century onwards; the develop­ ment of English common law into a recognizable system; and its spread overseas in English-speaking territories, especially North America; the European codification movement from the eighteenth century onwards, most notably th e French Code civil of 1804, and it s influence on Codes in Europe and Latin America. In all of thes e th e role of "Nutshells" was of vital importance. Indeed, although I use the term "Nutshell," I am thinking of something even more restricted in scope. In what follows I will use tha t term to designate books written as teaching manuals (whether in a law school or for home study) for beginning law students or to instruct non-lawyers in th e elements of th http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Comparative Law Oxford University Press

The Importance of “Nutshells”

American Journal of Comparative Law , Volume 42 (1) – Jan 1, 1994

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Oxford University Press
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© 1994 by The American Society of Comparative Law, Inc.
ISSN
0002-919X
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2326-9197
DOI
10.2307/840726
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Abstract

ALAN WATSON If I were asked to make a very short list of th e main events in western legal history I would choose: the flowering of Roman private law until the en d of th e so-called classical period around 235 A.D.; th e codification of Roma n law betwee n 528 and 534 by th e Byzantine em­ peror, Justinian I; the Reception of Roman law in western Europe (and beyond) from the late eleventh century onwards; the develop­ ment of English common law into a recognizable system; and its spread overseas in English-speaking territories, especially North America; the European codification movement from the eighteenth century onwards, most notably th e French Code civil of 1804, and it s influence on Codes in Europe and Latin America. In all of thes e th e role of "Nutshells" was of vital importance. Indeed, although I use the term "Nutshell," I am thinking of something even more restricted in scope. In what follows I will use tha t term to designate books written as teaching manuals (whether in a law school or for home study) for beginning law students or to instruct non-lawyers in th e elements of th

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American Journal of Comparative LawOxford University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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