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date: 30 March 2020

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As shown in the previous chapters, our image of European legal history itself has evolved as a result of the nineteenth-century national legal historiographies and their translation into the political and intellectual constellations of the mid twentieth century European movement. It is only more recently that the path-dependencies resulting from this tradition have been problematized and that stronger claims have been made to situate European legal history within global perspectives. This chapter presents an overview of both this development and what might be called ‘global perspectives on European legal history’. To do so, it traces back how the category ‘Europe’ became the most important spatial framing of transnational legal history. It provides an overview about how leading scholars constructed the relation between Europe and other world areas. It sketches out current ways of placing European legal history in global perspectives today.

Keywords: global legal history, European legal history, global history, legal historiography, multinormativity, cultural translation, eurocentrism

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