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Corporations : A Study of the Origin and Development of Great Business

By Davis, John P.

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Preface: As the following pages are about to be given to the public I am reminded of the story told of a professor in one of the German universities. He had announced for the semester a course of lectures on the political institutions of the Middle Ages; when the end of the semester was reached he had only just finished his introductory remarks. A few years ago I projected a study of the modern ?corporation question,? and intended to clear the ground for the subject by a short introductory chapter on the history of corporations. I am now congratulating myself that the introduction has consumed no more than three years and has demanded no more than thirteen chapters. The present volumes are intended to serve as an introduction to a volume on the subject of modern corporations, especially those in the United States, to be written during the next five or ten years. Chapter XIV is not intended to be exhaustive, but to show briefly the connection between the old and modern corporations.

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Table of Contents. Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 I. Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 II. The Nature of Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 III. Ecclesiastical Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 IV. Feudalism and Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 V. Municipalities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 VI. Gilds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 VII. Educational and Eleemosynary Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 VIII. National England. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 IX. Regulated Companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 X. Regulated Companies Tending to Exclusiveness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274 XI. Joint Stock Companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293 XII. Colonial Companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322 XIII. The Legal Conception of Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359 XIV. Modern Corporations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385 Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410

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Title: Corporations : A Study of the Origin and Development of Great Business  
Author: Davis, John P.
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Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
Collection: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought
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