Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Calculating Promises – The Emergence of Modern American Contract Doctrine - Stanford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Calculating Promises: The Emergence of Modern American Contract Doctrine

Roy Kreitner


This book is a history of contract law in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. It details shifts in our conception of contract by juxtaposing scholarly accounts of contract with case law, and shows how the cases exhibit conflicts for which scholarship offers just one of many possible answers. Breaking with conventional wisdom, the book argues that our current understanding of contract is not the outgrowth of gradual refinements of a centuries-old idea. Rather, contract as we now know it was shaped by a revolution in private law undertaken toward the end of the nineteenth ... More

Keywords: contract law, case law, contract, private law, speculation, incomplete contracts, calculating promisors, gifts, United States, gambling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804753982
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Kreitner, author