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Legal literature
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1. Definition and dissemination

Legal literature is a form of specialized and technical literature. It is focused on legal practice, jurisprudence, and students of this field. Legal literature on legal practice contains solutions of specific cases; that addressed to scholars and students focuses on the development of doctrine and the transmission of knowledge.

The historical distribution of legal literature was closely related to the transformation of book production. The introd…

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Schäfer, Frank L., “Legal literature”, 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 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026224>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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