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Looking Back In Time: Sixteenth Century Wherefores And Therefores As Part Of The Continuum Of Western Legal Thought, George T. Anagnost, Richard C. Jensen Jan 1994

Looking Back In Time: Sixteenth Century Wherefores And Therefores As Part Of The Continuum Of Western Legal Thought, George T. Anagnost, Richard C. Jensen

Seattle University Law Review

Surrounded with the conveniences of a word processor, form book, and facsimile machine, the modern-day attorney might be tempted to equate the advent of sophisticated commercial transactions with the advent of the electronic age. Just as form follows function, it seems only logical to assume that the use of lengthy, carefully-drafted agreements is reflective of successive generations of sharper, more knowledgeable business clients. Curiously, however, the lesson that history teaches us is different. Looking back in time to the year 1511 at a proposal for the sale of alum between the City of Venice and a banker from Rome, one …