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A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations$
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David Ibbetson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198764113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198764113.001.0001

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Prologue: The Prehistory of the English Law of Obligations

Prologue: The Prehistory of the English Law of Obligations

(p.1) Prologue: The Prehistory of the English Law of Obligations
A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations


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The Common law of obligations grew out of the intermingling of native ideas and sophisticated Roman learning. The friction between them was a prime force for legal change, and has remained so right up to the present. This chapter identifies these basic building blocks. Topics discussed include prevailing ideas about the legal system in medieval Europe and obligations in Roman law.

Keywords:   Common law of obligations, Roman law, legal system, medieval Europe

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