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German Historical School
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1. Definition

The German Historical School – which owes its name to Friedrich Carl von Savigny’s call for the establishment of a “historical school” of law in 1814/1815 [5]; [4] – exercised a formative intellectual influence on 19th-century German jurisprudence; despite its specific goals in legal historiography, it is frequently also considered a representative of historicism. Opposing philosophical sy…

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Haferkamp, Hans-Peter, “German Historical School”, 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 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020981>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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