The Law Book
Discover the big ideas behind more than 90 of history’s most important legal rulings and milestone laws – from the earliest civilisations to the 21st century. From the philosophical, religious, and moral codes of the world’s earliest societies, such as the Law Code of Hammurabi and the Ten Commandments, through groundbreaking legislation such as ‘The Book of Punishments’, ‘Magna Carta’ and the Slavery Abolition Act, ‘The Law Book’ offers an engaging and accessible overview of legal history across the world all the way into the 21st century with copyright in the digital age, gay marriage, and the ‘right to be forgotten’.
Why do we need laws? What rights are protected by law? When was forensic evidence first used in court?
This book explores big questions like these, explaining the laws and legal precedents, and religious, political, and moral codes that have shaped the world we live in. Written in plain English, The Law Book cuts through the legal jargon and is packed with pithy explanations of the most important milestones in legal history, with step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations that untangle knotty concepts.
From the earliest laws, such as the Code of Hammurabi, through groundbreaking legislation including Magna Carta and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, The Law Book offers an engaging overview of legal history across the world all the way into the 21st century with copyright in the digital age, same-sex marriage, and the “right to be forgotten”. Covering the fight for universal suffrage and workers’ rights, and the establishment of international legal bodies like INTERPOL and the European Court of Justice, The Law Book explains the stories behind each milestone development.
Continuing the Big Ideas series’ trademark combination of authoritative, informative text, and bold graphics, The Law Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, whether you’re a law student, a legal professional, or an armchair expert.