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Monuments of Imperial Russian Law

decoration01 Mar. 2012|25 May. 2012

This event is perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law. It features landmarks in Russia's pre-1917 legal literature with rare book treasures like the first printed collection of Russian laws, the 1649 "Sobornoe ulozhenie", and three versions of the "Nakaz", the law code that earned Empress Catherine the Great her reputation.

"The post-Soviet era of Russian history has made the legacy of the pre-1917 era newly relevant in ways unimaginable. It is not merely a country recovering historical experience suppressed or distorted for ideological reasons during the Soviet regime, but a country seeking to modernize partly on the basis of its earlier legal legacy" (William E. Butler, curator).


01 Mar. 2012|25 May. 2012
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (Curators: William E. Butler, Mike Widener)
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