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Corporate law
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Early modern European corporate law predominantly concerned companies in which commercially active merchants or shareholders were personally liable. We can distinguish two primary types of trading company in the 16th and 17th centuries: the


, which derived from maritime trade, was normally dedicated to carrying out a single commercial transaction, such as a trading voyage overseas (

Trade, Long-distance

). The


 was much more significant: it emerged from the need or desire that a man…

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Pahlow, Louis, “Corporate law”, 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 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020108>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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