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Freedom of Contract in the 19th Century: Mythology and the Silence of the Sources : Review Essay – Sibylle Hofer’s Freiheit ohne Grenzen? privatrechtstheoretische Diskussionen im 19. Jahrhundert

Abegg, Andreas ; Thatcher, Annemarie

In: German Law Journal, 2004, vol. 5, p. 101-114

In her legal history postdoctoral Habilitation-study Freiheit ohne Grenzen? (Unlimited Freedom?), Sibylle Hofer comes to the conclusion that despite a large absence of discourse on contractual freedom the perception of unlimited freedom in the 19th Century private law theorie cannot be confirmed, instead this is more of a myth. By exploring the larger context of societal development at the end of... More

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    In her legal history postdoctoral Habilitation-study Freiheit ohne Grenzen? (Unlimited Freedom?), Sibylle Hofer comes to the conclusion that despite a large absence of discourse on contractual freedom the perception of unlimited freedom in the 19th Century private law theorie cannot be confirmed, instead this is more of a myth. By exploring the larger context of societal development at the end of the 19th Centrury, this essey aims to show that a discours about freedom of contract does not appear until politics tries in a higher degree to control the reciprocal irritation of legal and economic systems.