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A Mixed Legal System in TransitionT. B. Smith and the Progress of Scots Law$
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Elspeth Reid and David Carey Miller

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623358

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623358.001.0001

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T B Smith as a Legal Historian

T B Smith as a Legal Historian

(p.73) 4 T B Smith as a Legal Historian
A Mixed Legal System in Transition

John Blackie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyzes the nature of Smith's legal historical writing in the context in which he produced it. Smith's historical work is part of the fabric of his writing considering the general nature of Scots law, and expounding the development of particular legal concepts, doctrines and rules. It is within that larger body of his work that much of his ideas are to be found. With the exception of his work on the history of aspects of Scottish employment law, published in 1958, most of his work is in the form of essays with expressly historical titles which date up to the end of his career in the 1980s.

Keywords:   legal historical writing, Scots law, legal history

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