Law in the Industrial Revolution
Technical and economic upheavals present the state and society with new challenges – not least in the field of law. The Industrial Revolution produced a vast number of new inventions; new fields of law, too, came into being. From boiler regulations to patent law, the task was to provide a normative framework for the opportunities and risks facing an industrialized society. The process of standardization was effected through international treaties, laws, rules and administrative regulations on the one hand, but also through the actions of semi-governmental and private agencies. New innovations were paralleled by new structures for the resolution of conflict: the accountability of the law was challenged.