Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law

Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance series

Edited by Harwell Wells, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law,Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, US

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.

‘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

2018 656 pp Hardback 978 1 78471 765 0 £261.00 £190.00 $261.00 $290.00

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