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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: 9780226055459
ISBN-10: 0226055450
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 150mm x 28mm)
Pages: 492
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

Thomas A. Green is professor of law at the University of Michigan and the author of important studies on the history of English criminal law and procedure, including "Verdict According to Conscience," published by the University of Chicago Press.