The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, Part II

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The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, Part II is a digital collection of historical legal codes and similar statutory materials, as well as commentaries on codes, drawn from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Latin America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Asia. Analogous materials from canon law and Roman law are also included. This archive features some of the most important historical sources of world civil law and jurisprudence, as well as basic materials from a number of common-law jurisdictions and is sourced from the holdings of the great law library collections of Harvard, Yale, and George Washington University.


  • Dates of publications covered will be from the invention of printing to 1926, with some countries extending up to 1970.
  • Provides interpretive analysis with books on codes, the "primary sources" of law.
  • Languages in the collection will be English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin, and Portuguese.
  • Covers southern Europe, Latin America, Canada, Australia, India, and more.
  • Cross-searchable with The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970.
  • Ideal for law libraries and collections serving students and scholars of European and world history, legal history, and more.