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A History of the Common Law of Contract

A. W. B. Simpson

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.001.0001
A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The common law is one of the two major and successful systems of law developed in Western Europe, and in one form or another is now in force not only in the country of its origin but also in the United States, large parts of the British Commonwealth and former parts of the Empire. Perhaps its most typical product is English Contract Law, developed continuously since the birth of the common law almost wholly by judicial decision. Although it is in its modern form primarily a product of the nineteenth century, the common law of contract as we know it developed around the action of assumpsit which evolved at the close of the fourteenth century, and many of its characteristic doctrines first emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This book, which takes the story up to 1677 (the date of Statute of Frauds) forms the first part of the history of contract law, and is written primarily from a doctrinal standpoint.

Keywords: common law; Western Europe; English Contract Law; assumpsit; United States; British Commonwealth

Book.  692 pages. 

Subjects: History of Law

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Introduction in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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Covenants in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The Writ of Debt in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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Debt on Informal Contracts in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The Emergence of the Action of Assumpsit<sup>1</sup> in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The Action for Breach of Promise in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The Relationship Between Assumpsit and the Older Remedies in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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The Doctrine of Consideration —Introduction in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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Consideration in the Law of Uses in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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Consideration and the Canon Law<sup>1</sup> in A History of the Common Law of Contract

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