Civil codes
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1. Meaning and development

The term “civil code” describes the comprehensive law codes that toward the end of the early modern period, as chronologically and geographically neighboring evidence from Switzerland shows, were called Zivilgesetzbuch (“civil code”; e.g. Solothurn 1841/1847), Codice Civile (e.g. Ticino 1837), and “Privatgesetzbuch” (“private code”; e.g. Zurich 1856), but usually “Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch” (“civil code”; e.g. Lucerne …

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Civil codes”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030810>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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