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Contracts on the Silk Road


During the Tang dynasty (618-907), people from multiple countries encountered each other in the different oases along the Silk Road. Even though they did not speak the same language, and their homelands had different legal traditions, they sometimes did business together and recorded the terms of their agreements. As a result, surviving contracts shed considerable light on international finance in this early period.

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Suggested Citation:

 Valerie Hansen and  Jean W. Rosenthal, “Contracts on the Silk Road,” Yale SOM Case 13-019, August 7, 2013

  • China
  • Business History
  • Law & Contracts


This Yale School of Management case has been made possible in part by the generous support of the Kenneth H. Colburn ’78 Curriculum Development Fund.