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date: 25 March 2019

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This chapter begins with a brief survey of different interdisciplinary approaches to the historical study of law. It then explores the growth of both halves of the law & society dyad. It explains how that growth put pressure on the conjunctive metaphor that has long been used to describe the relationship between law and that which stands outside law, whether it be society, economy, polity, or something else. It suggests that the nature of law & society approaches to history has a great deal to do with what practitioners of the historical study of law conceptualize as being required by the ampersand, or by whatever other metaphor one might put in its place.

Keywords: law, society, legal history, historical study, legal research, dyad

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