This introductory chapter discusses the significance of the Regency era in English commercial law's development. There are two main reasons for this. First, the unstable economic circumstances of the period, and the business failures this caused, brought commercial law issues into sharp focus. The second reason the Regency era was particularly important in the development of commercial law relates to the availability of published legal materials. In the period, cases were continuously reported for the first time, and many new commercial law treatises were published. This story of how the courts responded to the needs of commerce has four sets of main characters, which the chapter describes in depth. It concludes with a quick outline of the basic structure of this book.
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