Colonial Adventures: Commercial Law and Practice in the Making


Colonial Adventures: Commercial Law and Practice in the Making addresses the question how and to what extend the development of commercial law and practice, from Ancient Greece to the colonial empires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, were indebted to colonial expansion and maritime trade. Illustrated by experiences in Ancient Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia, the book examines how colonial powers, whether consciously or not, reshaped the law in order to foster the prosperity of homeland manufacturers and entrepreneurs or how local authorities and settlers brought the transplanted law in line with the colonial objectives and the local constraints amid shifting economic, commercial and political realities.

Contributors are: Alain Clément (†), Alexander Claver, Oscar Cruz-Barney, Bas De Roo, Paul du Plessis, Bernard Durand, David Gilles, Petra Mahy, David Mirhady, M. C. Mirow, Luigi Nuzzo, Phillip Lipton, Umakanth Varottil, and Jakob Zollmann.

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Serge Dauchy is Research Director at the CNRS (Lille) and Professor of Legal History at the University Saint-Louis of Brussels. His main research topics are the history of civil procedure, comparative history of central courts and the legal history of Québec and Louisiana.

Heikki Pihlajamäki is Professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Helsinki. He has published extensively on the legal history of Scandinavia, Europe and America, including Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630-1710): A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017).

Albrecht Cordes is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Legal History and Civil Law at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. His research is especially focused on the history of commercial law, Hanseatic legal history and the history of conflict resolution.

Dave De ruysscher is Associate Professor at Tilburg University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels. As a legal historian and lawyer, he specializes in the history of commercial and private law of the Early Modern period and the nineteenth century.

Introduction: colonial Adventures: commercial Law and Practice in the Making
Serge Dauchy, Albrecht Cordes, Dave De ruysscher, Heikki Pihlajamäki

The Rhetoric of Commercial Law in 4th-Century BC Athens
David Mirhady

Trading along Hadrian’s Wall
Paul du Plessis

Trade and Law in New Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Oscar Cruz Barney

Scots Traders and Spanish Law in East Florida
M.C. Mirow

How to ‘Mash up’ Lex Mercatoria from Civil Law fo Common Law: the Genesis of Lex Mercatoria in Lower-Canada History 1760–1866
David Gilles

English Mercantilist Thought and the Matter of Colonies from the 17th to the First Half of the 18th Century
Alain Clément

The Transplant and Adaption of Company Law in Colonial Victoria 1850–1900
Phillip Lipton

Company Law transplants and Change in Colonial Southeast Asia
Petra Mahy

From Denial to Opportunity: Chinese Access to Colonial Law in the Netherlands Indies (1800–1942)
Alexander Claver

Corporate Law in Colonial India: rise and Demise of the Managing Agency System
Umakanth Varottil

‘Neither the State nor the Individual Goes to the Colony in Order to Make a Bad Business’: state and Private Enterprise in the Making of Commercial Law in the German Colonies, ca. 1884 to 1914
Jakob Zollmann

Customs Law in the Congo: on the Fiscal Bargaining Process between the Colonial State and Private Enterprise in Africa (1886–1914)
Bas De Roo

The Birth of a Colonial City: Tianjin 1860–1895
Luigi Nuzzo

Experiences and Experimentations: two Words between Two Worlds
Bernard Durand

All interested in the history of commercial law, the history of colonial law and in comparative legal history of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas from Ancient Times until the twentieth century.
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