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Exploring the Law of SuccessionStudies National, Historical and Comparative$
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Kenneth Reid and Marius de Waal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632909

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632909.001.0001

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A Comparative Overview*

A Comparative Overview*

(p.1) 1 A Comparative Overview*
Exploring the Law of Succession

Marius J de Waal

Edinburgh University Press

This book reviews selected topics in the law of succession from a comparative and, in some instances, a historical perspective, explaining that the primary function of the law of succession is to identify both the persons entitled to succeed to the deceased and also the property they are to receive. The central thesis of this chapter is that changes in the law of succession have been detected and explained principally by means of comparative scholarship. There are two general issues identified by that scholarship. The first is the significance of social and economic change and its impact on aspects of the law of succession, and the second is that the identification and analysis of these changes have been the stimulus for a new mission for comparative researchers in the field of the law of succession.

Keywords:   law of succession, comparative scholarship, social change, economic change, historical perspective

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