Law, Debt, and Merchant Power : The Civil Courts of Eighteenth-Century Halifax Hardback
Edited by James Muir
Part of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History series
In the early history of Halifax (1749-1766), debt litigation was extremely common.
People from all classes frequently used litigation and its use in private matters was higher than almost all places in the British Empire in the 18th century.
In Law, Debt, and Merchant Power, James Muir offers an extensive analysis of the civil cases of the time as well as the reasons behind their frequency.
Muir's lively and detailed account of the individuals involved in litigation reveals a paradoxical society where debtors were also debt-collectors.
Law, Debt, and Merchant Power demonstrates how important the law was for people in their business affairs and how they shaped it for their own ends.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Publication Date: 16/09/2016
- Category: Political science & theory
- ISBN: 9781487501037
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