Legal history, also known as the history of the law, is the discipline which studies the evolution of law and the reasons behind its changes. Legal history is connected to the development of civilizations, as well as social history.
Through this discipline, jurists and historians of legal process have the possibility to understand the origins of different legal concepts; therefore this discipline is sometimes considered as a branch of intellectual history.
As well as this, during the 20th century, historians have started to examine legal history in a more contextualised way and consider legal institutions as a set of rules which influence and change society.
As well as this, not only does the discipline focus on how law and legal systems relate to society but also how legal institutions operate and change over the time due to amendments in the economic, political and social contexts.
Furthermore, legal history has been beneficial for communities as they have had the possibility to understand their connection with other countries; the opportunity to understand how and why the law works in a specific way; and the chance to change their legislation.
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