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Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England" (1765-1769) stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system. Blackstone demonstrated that the English law as a system of justice was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate reknown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education in England and in America which was to last into the late nineteenth centure. The book is regarded not only as a legal classic but as a literary masterpiece.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226055411
ISBN-10: 0226055418
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 150mm x 30mm)
Pages: 540
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1979
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Sir William Blackstone

A. W. Brian Simpson is Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law at the Law School, University of Michigan. He is the author of "An Introduction to the History of the Land Law, A History of the Common Law of Contract, " and "Cannibalism and the Common Law," the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.