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Compassionate Capitalism

Business and Community in Medieval England

By Catherine Casson, Mark Casson, John Lee and Katie Phillips

Published

1 Apr 2020

Page count

400 pages

ISBN

978-1529209259

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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1 Apr 2020

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400 pages

ISBN

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1 Apr 2020

Page count

400 pages

ISBN

978-1529209273

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Bristol University Press
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Compassionate Capitalism

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It may seem like a recent trend, but businesses have been practising compassionate capitalism for nearly a thousand years.

Based on the newly discovered historical documents on Cambridge’s sophisticated urban property market during the Commercial Revolution in the thirteenth century, this book explores how successful entrepreneurs employed the wealth they had accumulated to the benefit of the community.

Cutting across disciplines, from economic and business history to entrepreneurship, philanthropy and medieval studies, this outstanding volume presents an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of the early phases of capitalism.

A companion book, The Cambridge Hundred Rolls Sources Volume, replacing the previous incomplete and inaccurate transcription by the Record Commission of 1818, is also now available from Bristol University Press.

"Our knowledge of early capitalism is far from perfect. This book makes an important contribution to redress this situation, while also providing very valuable new information about medieval Cambridge and its territory." Guido Alfani, Bocconi University

“A novel and creative approach to the capitalism debate. The transcription and analysis of primary sources are valuable contribution to medieval and early modern social, economic and business history.” Claudia Jefferies, City, University London

"This study of the medieval property market in Cambridge, presented in the context of medieval capitalism and Christian charitable foundations, will be widely welcomed." Nick Mayhew, University of Oxford

Catherine Casson is Lecturer in Enterprise at Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. Her publications include a co-authored book with Mark Casson on The Entrepreneur in History: From Medieval Merchant to Modern Business Leader (Basingstoke, 2013).

Mark Casson is Professor of Economics at the University of Reading and Director of the Centre for Institutions and Economic History. A Fellow of the British Academy, he has published extensively in the fields of the fields of economic history, international business, entrepreneurship and transport studies.

John S. Lee is Research Associate at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. His publications include Cambridge and its Economic Region, 1450-1560 (Hatfield, 2005).

Katie Phillips ihas completed an AHRC-funded PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading.

Introduction

Dynamics of the Property Market

Economic Topography

Family Profiles

Family Dynasties

Cambridge and its Regional Environment

Legacy: Cambridge in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

Conclusion