Publisher description for Law's history : American legal thought and the transatlantic turn to history / David M. Rabban, University of Texas, Austin.

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This is a study of the central role of history in late nineteenth-century American legal thought. In the decades following the Civil War, the founding generation of professional legal scholars in the United States drew from the evolutionary social thought that pervaded Western intellectual life on both sides of the Atlantic. Their historical analysis of law as an inductive science rejected deductive theories and supported moderate legal reform, conclusions that challenge conventional accounts of legal formalism. Unprecedented in its coverage and its innovative conclusions about major American legal thinkers from the Civil War to the present, the book combines transatlantic intellectual history, legal history, the history of legal thought, historiography, jurisprudence, constitutional theory and the history of higher education.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Law -- United States -- Philosophy -- History -- 19th century.
Law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction -- History -- 19th century.
Law -- Study and teaching -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century. -- bisacsh