The Historiography of Late Nineteenth-Century American Legal History

@article{Rabban2003TheHO,
  title={The Historiography of Late Nineteenth-Century American Legal History},
  author={David M. Rabban},
  journal={Theoretical Inquiries in Law},
  year={2003},
  volume={4}
}
Although the treatment of history in late nineteenth-century American legal scholarship remains largely unexplored, two recent areas of research have discussed this subject tangentially. Historiographical critiques of the emphasis on doctrine by American legal historians typically maintain that late nineteenth-century legal scholars viewed history as disclosing an inevitable evolutionary progression from primitive to civilized forms. This "whiggish" approach, the critiques add, ignored the… Expand
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