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The Medieval Super-Companies : A Study of the Peruzzi Company of Florence - Edwin S. Hunt

The Medieval Super-Companies

A Study of the Peruzzi Company of Florence

Hardcover Published: 29th August 2012
ISBN: 9780521461566
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book breaks new ground by presenting a detailed description and history of one of the most famous companies of the early fourteenth century. This analysis of the Peruzzi Company produces a radical reassessment of what made the Florentine super-companies so exceptional: commodity trading, especially in grain, which required heavy capital, sophisticated organization, and an international network. But the book also exposes the limitations of their financial power, and explodes the myth that the collapse of the Peruzzi and its joint-venture partner, the Bardi, was caused by bad loans to Edward III to finance his invasions of France.

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"A fascinating and eminently readable history of a Florentine company of European scope...this book will stand as a major contribution and a godsend to history teachers seeking comprehensible readings for their students in medieval economic history."- T.C. Price Zimmerman, Choice "This is an impressive first book, written by a mature scholar whose grasp of the intricacies of the medieval economy is certainly enhanced by his 'personal experience in the world of multibranch operations in international business.' His arguments are soldily based on the documentary record and written in a lucid style. Particularly impressive is his development of context, as well as his attention to the political, social, and cultural forces that influenced the evolution of the Peruzzi company. His concluding chapter is a masterful summation of his argument, which situates the super-companies in the larger history of the European economy." Gene Brucker, Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Hunt successfully demonstrates his main points about the Peruzzi Company and is thorough and clear in his analysis of his published primary and secondary sources, leaving few possibilities unconsidered." Speculum

List of tables
Map of the Peruzzi network, 1335
Anatomy of the Super-Company
The company and the family
The nature of the business
The structure of the Peruzzi Company
The accounting of the Peruzzi Company
History of the Peruzzi Company from its Reorganization in 1300
The prosperous years 1300-1324
The decline begins 1325-1335
The critical years 1335-1340
The collapse 1340-1343
The aftermath
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ISBN: 9780521461566
ISBN-10: 0521461561
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th August 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.75 x 15.82  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.59

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