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The Law Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – 18 August 2020
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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.
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- Publisher : Dorling Kindersley; 1st edition (18 August 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241410193
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241410196
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 2.5 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So far, I’m about halfway through the book and I feel it is an excellent purchase, particularly for someone like myself who knows very little about the laws that govern us and how many of them came about in the first place. Highly recommended.
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The first law of the sea was the Rex Rhoda of 500 BCE see the uniting of three city states of Rhodes as one federal state, and conquered by the Romans in 146 BCE, the Rhodian Sea Law were enacted and remained influential up to the 13th century. The story and significance of the Magna Carta marks another landmark in this book.
The rise of the rule of law is explained through several chapters including one on the Hague Conventions, and the well-known English case of Donoghue v Stevenson that propelled the law of negligence into the common law world. This case is well summarised and discussed that a first-year law student might find that it is all he needs for class.
Like all books in this series by DK Penguin, every topic is supported by maps and photographs, as well as snippets of side stories. For example, in the chapter on the International Court of Justice, there is a side note on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. What may prove most fascinating is the role of law in the current age of seeming chaos. ‘Law in the Modern Age’ touches on subjects that affect all of us – laws concerning the environment, scientific research, and people under disability.