19 December 2019

BOOK: Michał GALEDEK and Anna KLIMASZEWSKA, eds., Modernization, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism (Vol. I: Private Law; Vol. II: Public Law) (Leiden - New York: Brill, 2019). ISBN 978-90-04-41727-4 & 978-90-04-41735-9, €139.00 & €99.00

(Source: Brill)

Brill is publishing a two-volume work on modernization of the law over the past few centuries, nationality identity and legal instrumentalism.


The driving force of the dynamic development of world legal history in the past few centuries, with the dominance of the West, was clearly the demands of modernisation – transforming existing reality into what is seen as modern. The need for modernisation, determining the development of modern law, however, clashed with the need to preserve cultural identity rooted in national traditions. With selected examples of different legal institutions, countries and periods, the authors of the essays in the two volumes Modernisation, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. I:Private Law and Modernisation, National Identity and Legal Instrumentalism: Studies in Comparative Legal History, vol. II: Public Law seek to explain the nature of this problem. 


Michał Gałędek Ph.D. (2010), University of Gdańsk, is Professor in the Department of Legal History, Faculty of Law and Administration. In his research he focuses on the Polish administration, judiciary, constitutionalism, and political thought at the beginning of the 19th century and in the interwar period.

Anna Klimaszewska Ph.D. (2011), University of Gdańsk, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Legal History, Faculty of Law and Administration. In her research she focuses on the influence exerted by the French law on the shape of the Polish legal system, commercial law, civil procedure and national legal identity in the 19th century.


Introduction: Modernisation, National Identity, and Legal Instrumentalism
  Michał Gałędek

Prenuptial Agreements of the Hungarian Aristocracy in the Early Modern Era
  Zsuzsanna Peres

Revolution and the Instrumentality of Law: Theories of Property in the American and French Revolutions
  Bart Wauters

English Commercial Law in the Longue Durée: Chasing Continental Shadows
  Sean Thomas

The Italian Destiny of the French Code de commerce (19th Century)
  Annamaria Monti

The Reception of the French Commercial Code in Nineteenth-Century Polish Territories: A Hollow Legal Shell
  Anna Klimaszewska

Development of the medical malpractice law and legal instrumentalism in the Antebellum America
  Marcin Michalak

The Contractual Third-Party Notion: Beyond the Principle of the Relativity of Contracts: The Comparative Legal History as Methodological Approach
  Sara Pilloni

Civilian Arguments in the House of Lords’ Judgments: Regarding Delictual (Tortious) Liability in 20th and 21st Century
  Łukasz Jan Korporowicz

10 Usucapio in Era of Real Estate Title Registration Systems
  Beata J. Kowalczyk

11 In the Name of the Republic: Family Reform in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century France and China
  Mingzhe Zhu

12 The Private Law Codification as an Instrument for the Consolidation of a Nation from Inside: Estonia and Latvia between two World Wars
  Marju Luts-Sootak, Hesi Siimets-Gross, Katrin Kiirend-Pruuli

13 Reluctant Legal Transplant: United States Moral Rights as Late 20th Century Honor Law
  Steven Wilf 
Residential Right in the Course of Time: Changes in the Legal Institution of the Inkolat in the Bohemian Crown Lands
  Jiří BrňovjákandMarek Starý

Legal Transfers and National Traditions: Patterns of Modernization of the Administration in Polish Territories at the Turn of the 19th Century
  Michał Gałędek

National Modernization through the Constitutional Revolution of 1848 in Hungary: Pretext and Context
  Imre Képessy

Restoring the Hungarian Historical Constitutional Order with a Coronation in 1867
  Judit Beke-Martos

The Privy Council Appeal and British Imperial Policy, 1833–1939
  Thomas Mohr

Direct Impact on Hungarian Migration Policy of the 1870 Agreement on Citizenship between the United States and Austria-Hungary (1880s–1914)
  Balázs Pálvölgyi

Political Systems in Transition and Cultural (In)dependence: The Limits of a Legal Transplant in the Example of the Brazilian’s Court of Auditors Birth
  Marjorie Carvalho de Souza

Constitutional Systems of Free European States (1918–1939)
  Tadeusz Maciejewski and Maja Maciejewska-Szałas

Local Citizenship in the Croatian-Slavonian Legal Area in the First Yugoslavia (1918–1941): Breakdown of a Concept?
  Ivan Kosnica

10 Nazi Law as Pure Instrument: Natural Law, (Extra-)Legal Terror, and the Neglect of Ideology
  Simon Lavis 

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