Would anyone be able to recommend a good intermediate level book-length treatment of the development of halakhah from the second temple period down to the present day, ideally in English?

I am interested in coming to a better understanding of the role of the different rishonim and acheronim in the development of halakha. Most introductions to the topic that I have read seem to touch on only Talmud, Mishneh Torah and Shulkan Aruch and then go no further, whereas I would like to learn more and in reasonable depth about the scholars whose names I keep encountering e.g. Rif, Rosh, Shakh and Chazon Ish, to name a few.

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    Welcome to MiYodeya and thanks for this first question. Great to have you learn with us!
    – mbloch
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 3:15
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    I think you will enjoy The History and Process of Halacha, a 17-page intro to Eretz Hemda' Living the Halachic Process which covers exactly the topics you ask
    – mbloch
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 3:21
  • Thank you. That looks like a great resource. I shall read it with interest.
    – Jm Lewin
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 6:27
  • Rabbi Natan Lopez Cardozo has a book on this called "The Written and Oral Law: A Comprehensive Introduction"; I can't verify that he covers specifically what the OP asks in the question.
    – bondonk
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 7:30
  • Thanks! I see that is on kindle so I shall have a look.
    – Jm Lewin
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 9:45

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A very thorough book that is probably what you might be looking for: The Halakhah It's Sources and Development EPHRAIM URBACH ההלכה - מקורותיה והתפתחותה

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