Law, Debt, and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of Eighteenth-century Halifax

Front Cover
University of Toronto Press, Mar 30, 2018 - History - 302 pages

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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2018)

James Muir is an associate professor in the Department of History and Classics as well as the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.

Bibliographic information