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Corporation
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1. Definition and law

A corporation (derived from the Latin word corpus, “body”) is an association of persons assembled for a common purpose, constituting an autonomous legal entity. In the early modern period, establishments such as communities (Commune, Village community), univer…

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Hardtwig, Wolfgang, “Corporation”, 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 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022666>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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