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  • Paperback: 828 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.; 1st Edition edition (Dec 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865978077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865978072
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.3 x 23.6 cm
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HASH(0xa0f0542c) out of 5 stars Excellent overview of an often complex history March 9 1999
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I recently ordered this book from Amazon. I had been looking for a more concise rather than lengthy explanation for many of the legal mechanisms and principles we enjoy (endure?) today. Without question, the "History of the Common Law" goes far to do just that. It is well organized and deftly written. I am reluctant to admit this about a history of law, but I confess that I found it hard to put down. Forty years after publication, the book remains a pillar and outstanding guide to our legal heritage
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f05894) out of 5 stars A must for any community library collection touching on the history of law Feb. 15 2011
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The history of law in the western world is one that spans back centuries. "A Concise History of the Common Law" traces the history of common law back to the time of the Romans and how it has over the centuries developed into what it is today. The events of conquest, Christianity, the Enlightenment, and more has seriously impacted the events, and Theodore Plucknett breaks down these events into a fascinating study. "A Concise History of the Common Law" is a must for any community library collection touching on the history of law.
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HASH(0xa0f058b8) out of 5 stars Law Students Must Have! Sept. 15 2013
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My father bought this in hard back for me when I was a law student. I bought it for my Kindle reader simply because I didn't want to lug it around as it is quite a tome.

I have been reading it on and off since 1970 and it really is a must have for English, Irish and US law students, or students or practitioners in any state the laws of which are based in the English Common Law.

At a formative stage of my education this book really helped me to understand why I wanted to be a lawyer [apart from the fact that we are such a well loved and respected profession!].
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HASH(0xa0f058a0) out of 5 stars Our legal heritage Dec 24 1997
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While it has been many years since I read this book, I recommend it to any who have an interest in our common law legal heritage. Of particular interest was the part of the book that explained the political genius of the Normans who instituted a much superior system of courts throughout England that replaced the manorial courts. These courts made available a body of law "common" to all of England and supplanted what could only have been a patchwork of arbitrary rules and procedures. If the Normans achieved an astounding political legitimacy after invading England with this stroke of genius, consider what is happening in the United States as our legal system gradually transforms itself into a dominant central government and weak state governments serving only as administrative units of that central government, and otherwise becomes an instrument of extortion.
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HASH(0xa0f05cfc) out of 5 stars Foundational Work June 22 2013
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For understanding the origins and initial development of the common law, there is no better source than Plucknett's. Additionally, there are a myriad of footnotes directing readers to a variety of important historical sources.

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