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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: 9780226055435
ISBN-10: 0226055434
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 504
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

John H. Langbein is professor of law at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of Anglo-American law, including "Torture and the Law of Proof, " published by the University of Chicago Press.