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The History of Commercial Partnerships in the Middle Ages New ed

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ISBN13: 9780742520493
ISBN: 0742520498
Published: April 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: Hardback
Price: £27.95

Weber himself characterized his first book - translated here in its first, complete English edition - as a study in the ""formation of commercial law"". Weber's argument centres on the legal characteristics of mediaeval enterprises as an historical precursor to modern forms of commercial enterprises. Weber emphasizes dimensions of mediaeval law and practices that are at the root of today's business partnerships and modern capitalism.;""The History of Commercial Partnerships in the Middle Ages"" exemplifies Weber's early work in political economy and legal history. His insights here inform parts of his later, classic studies ""The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"" and ""Economy and Society"", in which he clearly and succinctly relates the rise of modern capitalism to core themes of his original dissertation, which forms the basis of this book. This early book was a prelude to the multi-causal and multi-dimensional approach that scholars see reflected in his later writings. In subsequent works he would skillfully expand the comparative historical method he had employed in his dissertation to different areas of law and society.;The book includes a translation of the original documents that Weber so extensively quoted, thus making it his first book accessible to a larger audience. Lutz Kaelber's introduction analyzes the content of Weber's book in the context of Weber's professional career and personal life, summarizes Weber's major arguments and situates these arguments within Weber's philosophy and writings.

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Introduction: Max Weber's Dissertation in the Context of His Early Career and Life - Lutz Kaelber; Section I. The ""Lost Decade""; Section II. Ebb and Flow: Historical and Biographical Contexts of Weber's Early Career; Section III. Main Themes and Arguments of The History of Commercial Partnerships; Section IV. Influence of Weber's Later Writings; Section V. Versions of the Text and Additional Literature; Section VI. Translating The History of Commerical Partnerships; Bibliography; The History of Commercial Partnerships in the Middle Ages; Prefatory Remarks; Section I. Roman and Current Law. Plan of the Investigation; Section II. The Partnerships of Maritime Law; Section III. Family Communities and Communities of Labor; Section IV. Pisa. The Law of Partnership According to the Constitutum Usus; Section V. Florence; Section VI. The Legal Literature. Conclusion; Appendix: Overview of the Documents.