Die Zivilrechtsordnungen des Baltikums unter dem Einfluss ausländischer, insbesondere deutscher Rechtsquellen
1. Edition 2009
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The general term 'Baltic states' used nowadays for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is misleading as far as the actual degree of shared identity of these states is concerned, and does not reflect the differences that also exist. In the course of its chequered history the Baltic region never became a homogeneous entity, either in legal or in political terms. Its development in the field of law was mainly heterogeneous over the last eight centuries. Their civil legal systems, however, do share one common feature: they have all been subject to considerable foreign influences. These foreign influences are brought to light by the author and presented on the basis of a selection of examples. The surviving original sources quoted in the study provide the basis for comparison. In the last chapter, the author enlarges on legal developments in the post-socialist era and the role of international models in the context of the legal renewal process, which is characterised by a combination of elements from diverse legal systems.