Early reception of Western legal thought in Japan, 1841-1868
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Early reception of Western legal thought in Japan, 1841-1868 by Frans Boudewijn Verwaijen

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Written in English


  • Law -- Japan -- European influence -- History,
  • Civil law -- Reception -- Japan -- History,
  • Civil law -- Reception -- Japan -- History -- Sources,
  • Roman-Dutch law -- Japan -- History,
  • Roman-Dutch law -- Japan -- History -- Sources

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StatementFrans Boudewijn Verwaijen.
LC ClassificationsKNX469 .V47 1996
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 373 p. ;
Number of Pages373
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23163836M
LC Control Number2008459954

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