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The Condition of England, 1870–1970

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/9780198255277.003.0017
The Condition of England, 1870–1970

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This chapter examines changes in the political and economic conditions in England during the period from 1870 to 1970 and the implications of these changes for freedom of contract. During this period, England became immeasurably richer than it had been previously and the consumer society arrived. This gave rise to a larger number of corporations, and trade unions acquired more power over individuals and the government. On the political side, central government became a vast bureaucracy and there was a great proliferation in the variety of government's manifestations in society.

Keywords: freedom of contract; England; political condition; economic condition; consumer society; corporations; trade unions; bureaucracy; central government

Chapter.  15056 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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