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The Politics of Codification: The Lower Canadian Civil Code of 1866 (Studies on the History of Quebec/?tudes d?histoire du Quebec)

Young, Brian J.

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ISBN 10: 0773512357 / ISBN 13: 9780773512351
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994
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Title: The Politics of Codification: The Lower ...

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Young interprets codification as part of a larger process that included the collapse of the Lower Canadian rebellions, the decline of seigneurialism, expansion of bourgeois democracy in central Canada, professionalization of the bar, and formation of the institutional state. Central to codification was a profound ideological shift in Lower Canadian society that gave priority to exchange and individual property rights. Young examines the evolution of codification from its nationalist origins in the 1820s and 1830s into a Civil Code that was integral to Confederation and became a flagship of bilingualism in Quebec. The formation of the commission, the work of the codifiers, and the reaction of the anglophone minority and the Roman Catholic hierarchy are considered, as is the Code's meticulous blending of a conservative social vision with the principles of freedom of property. The Politics of Codification will be of great interest to students of law, members of the legal professions, and Canadian social and legal historians.


"Young makes a major contribution to research in the field, combining new, original material with a valuable reworking of available scholarship. This book will rapidly become a classic in its field." Evelyn Kolish, Archives nationales du Québec à Montréal.

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