A History of Italian Law
By Carlo Calisse
2001/11 - Beard Books - Law Classic
These two volumes capture the vicissitudes of Italian public and private law from their antecedents in the Dark Ages to their realization in more modern times.
This work in two volumes presents a comprehensive analysis of the history of Italian law, which in a sense has become the law of Europe because of the reception of Roman law in varying degrees in all parts of Western Europe. The Roman Empire was a high tide in the cultural advancement of Western Europe. This influence can still be found in various codes in Europe. Thus, the history of the laws and customs of Italy involving the Holy Roman Empire and the feudal system with which it is associated, the Civil Law, the Church and Canon Law, and the law of merchants also reflects the development of European legal ideas and institutions. Fascinating reading for those interested in comparative law.
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Carlo Calisse was born in 1860 and died in 1945. He was appointed to his first professorship in 1889 in the history of the law at the University of Marcerata, and shortly thereafter to a similar post at the University of Pisa. In 1907 he became Emeritus Professor at the University of Pisa and in 1908 he was made a Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Rome. He served in the national legislature from 1909 to 1919. Besides parliamentary work, he held a number of important public offices, such as Counselor of State and representative to the Permanent International Labor Organization of the League of Nations. He authored a number of works dealing with legal history.