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Capitalism Before CorporationsThe morality of business associations and the roots of commercial equity and law$
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Andreas Televantos

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198870340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198870340.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Capitalism Before Corporations

Andreas Televantos

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Regency era, English commercial law, Napoleonic era, business failures, commercial law issues, published legal materials, commerce, corporations, trust

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