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The Writing of History and the Study of Law

1st Edition

By Donald R. Kelley


360 pages

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Hardback: 9780860786399
pub: 1997-06-19
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This second volume of essays by Professor Kelley takes the study of history as its starting point, then extends explorations into adjacent fields of legal, political, and social thought to confront some of the larger questions of the modern human sciences. The first group of papers examine the historiography of the Protestant Reformation and then of the Romantic and Victorian periods; the last section focuses on the legal tradition and its interpretation in relation to social and cultural, as well as historical thought, in the period from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Throughout, the author’s interest is to analyse how people at different times have viewed their past - and reconstructed and utilised it in the service of their present concerns.


'..each of these essays contains material and insights that remain compelling and important.' Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 3

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Humanism and history; Tacitus Noster: The Germania in the Renaissance and Reformation; Johann Sleidan and the origins of history as a profession; History as a calling: the case of La Popelinière; Martyrs, myths and the massacre: the background of St. Bartholomew; History and the encylcopedia; Ancient verses on new ideas: legal tradition and the French historical school; Mythistory in the Age of Ranke; Robert Flint, historian of ideas; The science of anthropology: an essay on the Very Old Marx; Second nature: the idea of custom in European law, society and culture; Civil science in the Renaissance: the problem of interpretation; Jurisconsultus perfectus: the lawyer as Renaissance man; Men of law and the French Revolution; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General