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A History of the Common Law of Contract: The Rise of the Action of Assumpsit

A. W. B. Simpson


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 whic ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1987 Print ISBN-13: 9780198255734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. W. B. Simpson, author