The Condition of England in 1770

P. S. Atiyah

in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198255277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681578 | DOI:
The Condition of England in 1770

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This chapter examines the political and economic conditions in England in 1770 which might have influenced the idea of the freedom of contract. During this period, the central features of the Revolution settlement of 1688 had become an unquestioned part of the firmament. The powers of both the King and the parliament were fluctuating and it can be said that the main political power was in the hands of the aristocracy. On the economic side, trade and commerce were thriving, but the industry has not yet acquired its modern significance.

Keywords: freedom of contract; political conditions; economic conditions; England; Revolution settlement; political power; trade; commerce; industry

Chapter.  12040 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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