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Cooperative society
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1. Definition and development

The consumer cooperative society (French coopérative de coopération, German Konsumgenossenschaft) is an intrinsically voluntary, open, self-governing corporation of natural persons with the aim of conducting commercial trade, providing members or shareholders with access to economical, unadulterated staple foodstuffs, and paying them the commercial profit in the form of a quarterly dividend. Unlike in other types of…

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Prinz, Michael, “Cooperative society”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022559>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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