Is Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History, now that we have reached the legal age of maturity with our 18th year of publication, settling down to a decorous adulthood? Our table of contents might give that impression. The articles in the Research section deal with topics that have occupied legal historians for decades: disputes between the ›Germanist‹ and the ›Romanist‹ branches of the discipline; the legal literature of the late antiquity, the Frankish Empire and canon law; contracts in medieval and early modern town laws; Austrian public law of the 18th century; the theory of criminal law. The two Foci sections which follow discuss banking and economic law since the early modern period and the work of one of the most prominent German legal historians of the 20th century, Knut Wolfgang Nörr, respectively.
But our readers need not fear that they will encounter only variations on what is already well known. On the contrary: Tamar Herzog, for example, situates the disputes between Germanists and Romanists within the context of Spanish legal historiography, which is hardly known outside the Iberian peninsula. Christoph Meyer rehabilitates the genre of epitomizing literature, which hitherto has been rather confined to the margins of legal historical scholarship. Thomas Pierson’s analysis... [more]