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Soviet Legal Innovations and the Law of the Western World

ISBN13: 9781107406254
Published: August 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2007)
Price: £30.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521881746

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This book was first published in 2007. The government of Soviet Russia wrote new laws for Russia that were as revolutionary as its political philosophy. These new laws challenged social relations as they had developed in Europe over centuries. These laws generated intense interest in the West. To some, they were the harbinger of what should be done in the West, hence a source for emulation. To others, they represented a threat to the existing order. Western governments, like that of the Tsar, might be at risk if they held to the old ways. Throughout the twentieth century Western governments remade their legal systems, incorporating an astonishing number of laws that mirrored the new Soviet laws. Western law became radically transformed over the course of the twentieth century, largely in the direction of change that had been charted by the government of Soviet Russia.

Legal History
Part I. The Soviet Challenge:
1. The industrial revolution and the law
2. Economic needs as legal rights
3. Equality in the family
4. Children and the law
5. Crime without punishment
6. A call to 'struggling people'
7. The withering away of law

Part II. Accommodation in the West:
8. Panic in the palace
9. Enter the working class
10. Social welfare rights
11. The state and the economy
12. Equality comes to the family
13. Child-bearing and rights of children
14. Racial equality
15. Crime and punishment

Part III. The Bourgeois International Order:
16. Equality of nations
17. The end of colonies
18. The criminality of war
19. Protecting sovereignty
20. Military intervention

Part IV. Law Beyond the Cold War:
21. Triumph of capitalist law?
22. The moorings of Western law
23. The impact of change.