Together the corpus of work featured in taming the past offers an analysis of american law and society and its leading historians since 1900 reviews advance praiserobert w gordon has been one of the preeminent commentators on the rapid rise of american legal history as a discipline. Well beyond the courtroom the law left its traces in high culture and low culture in the rationales for markets and in the arenas of class struggle thompsons desire to understand past actors went hand in hand with his ardent defense of the craft of history the unwavering belief that reality resides in the details p 152. Get this from a library taming the past essays on law in history and history in law robert w gordon lawyers and judges often make arguments based on history on the authority of precedent and original constitutional understandings they argue both to preserve the inspirational heroic past and to . Lawyers and judges often make arguments based on history on the authority of precedent and original constitutional understandings they argue both to preserve the inspirational heroic past and to discard its darker pieces such as feudalism and slavery the tyranny of princes and priests and the subordination of women. In a series of essays and lectures written over forty years robert w gordon describes and analyses how lawyers approach the past and the strategies they use to recruit history for present use while erasing or keeping at bay its threatening or inconvenient aspects
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