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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter discusses ten historiographical trends that characterize many recent works written by intellectual historians of law. It also discusses some future directions of research that should be pursued in the coming decades. It focuses on histories dealing with western law in the modern era, but also considers works on non-western legal systems and pre-modern periods. The chapter begins by discussing five general historiographical trends and their implications for the intellectual history of law (i.e., space, time, political relevance, non-traditional sources to reconstruct the past, and the digital revolution). It then focuses on five trends that are more specific to intellectual history and discusses their relevance to the intellectual history of law (i.e., individuals, communities, and networks of knowledge; conceptual history, sites of knowledge-production and dissemination, non-traditional legal fields, and exploring law’s boundaries).

Keywords: law, legal history, intellectual history, western law, historiography

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