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Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Saskia Lettmaier

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199569977
eISBN:
9780191722066
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569977.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

While common law actions for breach of promise of marriage originated in the mid-seventeenth century, it was not until the ‘long nineteenth century’ that they saw their rise to prominence and their ... More


Introduction

Saskia Lettmaier

in Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199569977
eISBN:
9780191722066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569977.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This introductory chapter sets the stage by first establishing links with two fields of scholarship, with regard to which the book can usefully be situated: (i) works examining the interaction ... More


The Study of Cases

A. W. Brian Simpson

in Leading Cases in the Common Law

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198262992
eISBN:
9780191682438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262992.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the common law system. It then discusses the function of law reports, the invention of leading cases, iconoclastic theories of legal decision, ... More


Introduction Legalism, Anthropology, and History: a View from Part of Anthropology

Paul Dresch

in Legalism: Anthropology and History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199664269
eISBN:
9780191744686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664269.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Legal History

‘Legalism’ is used in this volume as a non-pretentious term for themes that recur both in societies that conceptualize law discretely and in others that decline to do so. These themes include an ... More


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