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According to the jacket-blurb which accompanies the book: "This
searching interpretation, which connects law and the courts to the
real world, will engage historians in a new debate. For to view the law
as an engine of vast economic transformation is to challenge in a
stunning way previous interpretations of the eras of revolution and
reform." I do not mean to suggest that law book writers are to be held
responsible for the indiscretions of law book publishers. But the essentials
of the argument-Professor Horwitz would, I am sure, agree are
not all that novel; they have been current for 30 or 40 years.

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