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German law, studies of
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In a legal and legal-historical context, the German term Germanistik designates the study of Germanic and, later, German law; it may also indicate the scholars who work primarily with the sources of this law. Although the term Germanistik remains in use today within the context of legal history for the study of German law, the general meaning of the word has shifted since the mid-19th century to indicate the study of the Germanic languages and literature (Philology). This article is focused on the traditional sense of Germanistik, the study of German law.

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Frassek, Ralf, “German law, studies of”, 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 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019979>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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