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The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume XI1820–1914 English Legal System$
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William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258819.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) I Introduction
Source:
The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume XI
Author(s):

William Cornish

Michael Lobban

Keith Smith

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258819.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the chapters in this part of the book. Chapter II begins by outlining the 19th-century frame of government and law. It then turns to issues of what could be identified as law, starting from inherited beliefs about the sources of English law in Chapter III; and Chapter IV, on theories of law and government, deals with the drive to distinguish law clearly from other moral structures. Finally, Chapters VII-IX turn outward, to the place of Britain and its vaunted Empire in relation to other nation states.

Keywords:   English law, 19th century government, British Empire, legal history

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