Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law


Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law

9781784717650 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Harwell Wells, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law,Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, US
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78471 765 0 Extent: 656 pp
Understanding the corporation means understanding its legal framework, but until recently the origins and evolution of corporate law have received relatively little attention. The topical chapters featured in this Research Handbook, contributed by leading scholars from around the world, examine the historical development of corporation and business organization law in the Americas, Europe, and Asia from the ancient world to modern times, providing an invaluable resource for both further historical research and scholars seeking the origins of present-day issues.

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Today, the corporation plays a dominant role in economics, politics, and societies across the globe. Understanding the corporation means understanding its legal framework but until recently, the origins and evolution of corporate law have received relatively little attention. This Handbook sheds new light on the historical development of both the corporation and business organization law.

This extensive collection brings together contributions from an array of international academics to provide the first wide-ranging history of the laws of corporations and business organizations from ancient to modern times. The contributors offer a global exploration of the development of corporation and company law, moving beyond the United States and Western Europe to present studies in Mexico, India and China, as well as addressing the trajectory of scholarly debate. Not only do the contributions examine the growth of the law of public corporation, they also address the development of laws governing other business forms.

This Handbook will prove an invaluable resource for corporation law and business scholars, as well as business and legal historians and economists.
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‘If you are a business historian, you should read this book, regardless of the historical period or industry you study. Whether your research is on firms that are called Ltd or Inc or S.A. or GmbH, you will find this Research Handbook to be an extremely useful introduction to the world of corporate governance theory. This book will be particularly important to business historians interested in transnational and comparative historical topics.’
– Andrew Smith, Business History

‘For anyone interested in the modern corporation this book is invaluable, a real treasure trove. With an admirable breadth and depth of scholarship, it fills a notable gap in the literature on a fundamental aspect of the corporate form. Thoroughly recommended for both scholars and students.’
– Nicholas H.D. Foster, SOAS University of London, UK

‘Historical analysis of corporate law has become something of growth industry lately. The Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law will no doubt move quickly to the forefront of this burgeoning literature. The essays, each impressive individually, combine to provide a volume that is strikingly wide-ranging, both in terms of the eras covered and the jurisdictions canvassed.’
– Brian R. Cheffins, University of Cambridge, UK

‘The Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law is especially recommended to faculty and students of graduate programs in business and law. Law libraries and academic libraries should consider purchasing this research handbook.''
– American Reference Books Annual
Contributors: B. Aronson, A. Aviram, W.W. Bratton, G.A. Del Angel, M. Gelter, A. Gomez-Galvarriato, Y. González de Lara, T.W. Guinnane, R. Harris, L. Johnson, V. Khanna, T. Kuntz, S. Martínez-Rodríguez, D.T. Mitchell, M.T. Moore, J. Rochat, J. Rubin, T. Ruskola, G. Sandrelli, F.L. Stewart, J.D. Turner, U. Varottil, M. Ventoruzzo, M.L. Wachter, H. Wells, R.E. Wright

Harwell Wells

Part I Taking Shape
1. Islamic Law and Economic Development
Jared Rubin

2. Business Organizations in India Prior to the British East India Company
Vikramaditya Khanna

3. Business Organization and Organizational Innovation in Late Medieval Italy
Yadira González de Lara

4. Trading with Strangers: The Corporate Form in the Move from Municipal Governance to Overseas Trade
Ron Harris

Part II Modern Europe
5. The Development of English Company Law before 1900
John D. Turner

6. Shareholder Primacy, Labour, and the Historic Ambivalence of UK Company Law
Marc T. Moore

7. German Company Law 1794-1897
Timothy W. Guinnane

8. German Corporate Law in the 20th Century
Thilo Kuntz

9. Change for Continuity: The Making of the Société Anonyme in nineteenth Century France
Jean Rochat

10. Classes of Shares and Voting Rights in the History of Italian Corporate Law
Giulio Sandrelli and Marco Ventoruzzo

11. A History of the Corporation in Spain in the Twentieth Century: Towards Europe
Susana Martínez-Rodríguez

12. EU Company Law Harmonization Between Convergence and Varieties of Capitalism
Martin Gelter

Part III Asia
13. Corporation Law in Late Imperial China
Teemu Ruskola

14. The Stakeholder Approach to Corporate Law: A Historical Perspective from India
Umakanth Varottil

15. Japanese Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in Historical Perspective
Bruce Aronson

Part IV North America
16. The Evolution of Mexican Mercantile and Corporate Laws
Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato and Gustavo A. Del Angel

17. A History of Canadian Corporate Law: A Divergent Path from the American Model?
Fenner L. Stewart

18. For- and Non-profit Special Corporations in America, 1608-1860
Robert E. Wright

19. Legitimating Power: A Brief History of Modern U.S. Corporate Law
Dalia T. Mitchell

20. Adolf Berle, E. Merrick Dodd and the New American Corporatism of 1932
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter

21. Corporate Law and the History of Corporate Social Responsibility
Lyman Johnson

22. Evolutionary Models of Corporate Law
Amitai Aviram


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