Harold Berman's masterwork illuminates the interaction of evolution and revolution in the development of Western law. This new volume explores two successive transformations of the Western legal tradition under the impact of the 16th Century German Reformation and the 17th Century English Revolution, with particular emphasis on Lutheran and Calvinist influences. Berman examines the far-reaching consequences of these apocalyptic political and social upheavals on the systems of legal philosophy, legal science, criminal law, civil and economic law, and social law in Germany and England and throughout Europe as a whole.
Harold J. Berman is Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University, and Ames Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard University.
Preface Introduction I. The German Revolution and the Transformation of German Law in the Sixteenth Century 1. The Reformation of the Church and of the State, 1517-1555 2. Lutheran Legal Philosophy 3. The Transformation of German Legal Science 4. The Transformation of German Criminal Law 5. The Transformation of German Civil and Economic Law 6. The Transformation of German Social Law Ii. The English Revolution and the Transformation of English Law in the Seventeenth Century 7. The English Revolution, 1640-1689 8. The Transformation of English Legal Philosophy 9. The Transformation of English Legal Science 10. The Transformation of English Criminal Law 11. The Transformation of English Civil and Economic Law 12. The Transformation of English Social Law Conclusion Notes Acknowledgments Index