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With the appearance of the Eleventh Edition, this book is now well into its sixth decade. Throughout its long history, this casebook has relied on classic cases to capture the fundamental principles of contract law. This new edition preserves and builds upon the book’s distinctive character, especially its use of canonical cases and its sensitivity to the history. The newly added cases show how the basic principles of contract law continue to evolve, even in such well-explored areas as promissory estoppel and restitution. As before, this edition eschews any distinctive take on the law of contracts and thus allows each teacher using the book a broad range of choice on what to bring in to channel or expand classroom discussion.

  • The most visible alteration in this edition is a new focus on the bargaining environment in which contracts are formed and how legal rules shape it.
  • A significant amount of new material has been added, but the length of the book remains about the same.
  • The Teacher’s Manual has also been extensively revised.

Imprint: Foundation Press
Series: University Casebook Series
Publication Date: 04/22/2019

John P. Dawson

William Burnett Harvey, Mississippi College

Stanley D. Henderson, University of Chicago Law School

Douglas G. Baird, University of Chicago Law School


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This edition includes 95,000 words of new material, including more than thirty new principal cases. These recently decided cases show how old problems of contracts continue appear in new guises and how the foundational principles of the canonical cases remain the best way to begin the analysis of them.

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