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Law and Long-Term Economic ChangeA Eurasian Perspective$
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Debin Ma and Jan Luiten van Zanden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772730

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772730.001.0001

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Debt Litigation in Medieval Holland, 1200–1350

Debt Litigation in Medieval Holland, 1200–1350

(p.221) Chapter Eleven Debt Litigation in Medieval Holland, 1200–1350
Law and Long-Term Economic Change
Jessica Dijkman
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines whether the strong performance of the Dutch economy after 1350 can be explained by analyzing the specific institutional and legal framework that emerged there in the period between 1200 and 1350. As a relative latecomer in Western Europe, Dutch cities developed these new legal rules and practices largely through transmission from the more advanced parts of Western Europe, in particular from southern Netherlands. For instance, the charter of liberties of Dutch cities was often derived from the Den Bosch charter. Although the system is not original, this chapter argues that the Dutch legal system proved innovative in selecting better performing institutions elsewhere.

Keywords:   Dutch economy, Western Europe, southern Netherlands, Den Bosch charter, Dutch legal system

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