The Origins Of Corporations: The Mills Of Toulouse In The Middle Ages

Hardcover | August 11, 2015

byGermain SicardTranslated byMatthew LandryEditorWilliam N. Goetzmann

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Fully modern corporations appeared in fourteenth-century Toulouse, much earlier than previously believed

Germain Sicard proves that Europe’s first corporations were fourteenth-century mill companies operating in Toulouse, rather than seventeenth-century English and Dutch trading companies as commonly believed. He shows that the corporate form derives from a unique ownership contract from Medieval Europe called pariage, and a culture of strong property rights and municipal self-governance. Based on archival research, Sicard’s 1952 thesis has been translated into English with an introduction that places the work in the context of new institutional economics and legal theory. It is an important contribution to research on the history and legal origins of the corporation.

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Fully modern corporations appeared in fourteenth-century Toulouse, much earlier than previously believed Germain Sicard proves that Europe’s first corporations were fourteenth-century mill companies operating in Toulouse, rather than seventeenth-century English and Dutch trading companies as commonly believed. He shows that the corpor...

Germain Sicard is a jurist and legal historian who served as Officer of General Affairs, Center for Historical Research, School of Practical Studies in France.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.31 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300156480

ISBN - 13:9780300156485

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