Document Type

Article

Comments

Towards Legal Understanding: II, 34 Columbia Law Review 1041 (1934)

Abstract

"Men make their own history," including their legal history. But
they make it "not under conditions chosen by themselves, but under
conditions found at hand, given and handed down."2 Though they
never leave conditions as they find them, they adapt old ways and beliefs
to new desires and interests, to persist, in spite of changes, in conditions
handed down.
An outline, necessarily attenuated, of salient changes in legal conditions
in successive periods of Anglo-American history has been carried
to the middle of the nineteenth century. It will be briefly interrupted
for a closer view of an ancient illusion whose moral products,
handed down through centuries, are factors in the confused legal conditions
of to-day.

Date of Authorship for this Version

1934

Keywords

legal history, legal process

Share

COinS