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date: 22 February 2019

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This chapter explores practices of legal-historical comparison from their beginnings as an occasional element of ancient, medieval, and early modern treatises to their institutionalization as a discipline at the turn of the twentieth century. It also makes a case for ‘critical transnationalism’ as a way for legal-historical comparativists to produce works that are both timely and interesting. Finally, it surveys promising areas of and approaches to transnational legal research, all the while bearing in mind the particular challenge law poses to transnational history.

Keywords: comparative legal history, legal-historical comparison, comparative law, critical transnationalism, transnational history, legal research

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