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Fundamina

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HEUTGER, Viola. Fundamina (Pretoria) [online]. 2014, vol.20, n.1, pp. 403-411. ISSN 2411-7870.

Teaching law requires books. What were the style, form and didactic concept of legal textbooks that were used at the early Dutch universities? From the seventeenth century onwards, textbooks on civil law contained coloured highlights or were issued in a question-and-answer format. They also provided regional solutions and comparative annotations. These textbooks were very popular in their time; however, they were hardly ever cited in scientific works, and nowadays are virtually forgotten. After giving a brief sketch of the university landscape in Holland in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, I shall discuss some of these early textbooks.

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