This is a book that every student of Canadian law should read in the first month of law school, before the smoke of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets in their eyes and they succumb to the notion that Canadian law really began in 1982. The smoke that blurred the eyes of previous generations of law students carried the message that law arrived in Canada in whatever year English law had been deemed to be received in British North America. With this first volume, A History of Law in Canada Volume One: Beginnings to 1866, and the anticipated publication of volume two, the authors might be able to keep law students clear-eyed and engaged with legal history through their upper years as subsequent volumes roll out. All to the good.
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"A History of Law in Canada, Volume One: Beginnings to 1866 by Philip Girard, Jim Phillips & R. Blake Brown."
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