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1. Scope

Like other concepts of legal history (e.g. Roman law, Ius commune, Customary law, Reception of ius commune), the term “codification” describes a multifaceted reality that is constantly subject to historical change and ultimately difficult to reduce to a common denominator. The history of codification has left a deep mark on early modern Continental legal history and has steered it in a new direction since the late 18th …

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Caroni, Pio, “Codification”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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