Henry James Sumner Maine, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Henry James Sumner Maine

British comparative jurist and historian

Date of Birth: 15-Aug-1822

Place of Birth: Kelso, Scotland, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 03-Feb-1888

Profession: jurist, historian, university teacher, legal historian, sociologist, anthropologist

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Henry James Sumner Maine

  • Sir Henry James Sumner Maine, (15 August 1822 – 3 February 1888), was a British Whig comparative jurist and historian.
  • He is famous for the thesis outlined in his book Ancient Law that law and society developed "from status to contract." According to the thesis, in the ancient world individuals were tightly bound by status to traditional groups, while in the modern one, in which individuals are viewed as autonomous agents, they are free to make contracts and form associations with whomever they choose.
  • Because of this thesis, Maine can be seen as one of the forefathers of modern legal anthropology, legal history and sociology of law.

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