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The Role of the Individual, 1770–1870

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255277.003.0010
The Role of the Individual, 1770–1870

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This chapter examines changes in the role of individual society in England during the period from 1770 to 1870 and looks at the implications of this for freedom of contract. It analyses the influence of education, discipline, self-reliance, the competitive system of rewards and penalties, and the emergence of egalitarianism on these changes. It also discusses two concepts of individualism from this period, the first as a social mechanism and the second as a value-based ideal or aspiration.

Keywords: freedom of contract; individuals; England; education; rewards and penalties; egalitarianism; social mechanism

Chapter.  17562 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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