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Introduction to the Medieval Legal History of the Southern Slavs

Paolo Angelini, KU Leuven, Fellow 2017–2018, Fall

My goal is to publish an introduction to the medieval legal history of the Southern Slavs. The book focuses on the development of the different juridical systems of the Balkan peninsula (ninth to fifteenth century). The last part deals with the concept of the ius commune graeco-romanum, thus with the influence and reception of Byzantine law among the Slavs. Legal historians have stressed the importance of Roman law and the ius commune in western Europe, but this perspective is missing in Byzantine legal history for eastern Europe. The book is based on a Yugoslav perspective, moving away from the concept of national legal history, which became predominant after the ethnic conflicts of the last decade of the twentieth century. I collected several books that are indispensable to my introduction. I prepared two articles, which will be published in 2018: the first on the Syntagma of Blastares and the reception of Roman law in Serbia, the second on the birth and development of the Slavs’ legal history in the nineteenth century.