Law and technology in the 19th century

Research report (imported) 2004 - Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Vec, Miloš
Recht in der Industriellen Revolution (MPG) (PD Dr. Miloš Vec)
MPI für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt/Main
The intensive response of the law to the challenges posed by technology & industry in the 19th c. led to profound societal change. No longer merely responding to the presumed risks of industrialisation, law actively participated in shaping modern industrial societies. It formed an institutional framework for the use of new technologies and laid a foundation for the expansion of international business relationships. New fields of law & structures of legislation emerged. Around 1900, the emerging industrial state served as a laboratory for new patterns of legislation & implementation of law.

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