The Cambridge History of Law in America

The Cambridge History of Law in America

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Edited by Michael Grossberg, Christopher Tomlins
Cambridge University Press, 10/07/2008
EAN 9780521803069, ISBN10: 0521803063

Hardcover, 888 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 5 cm

Volume II of the Cambridge History of Law in America focuses on the 'long' nineteenth century, from the creation of the Republic to the immediate aftermath of the First World War - the century of continental expansion, urban growth, capitalist innovation, industrialization, and war. The crystallization and then, after the Civil War, the reinvention of a distinctly American state system is examined, as is the establishment and growth of systematic legal education, the spread of the legal profession, and the growing density of legal institutions. During this century, law becomes a technique of first resort wherever a person, institution, or government seeks to organize human activity. In this volume we see how law intertwines with religion, how it becomes ingrained in popular culture, and how it intersects with the distinct worlds of the American military and of international relations. The Cambridge History of Law in America has been made possible by the generous support of the American Bar Foundation.

'This volume not only provides an excellent showcase of some of the best current writing on American legal history, but also gives a good view of the dominant approach to the subject on the other side of the Atlantic.' Edinburgh Law Review