The Medieval Super-Companies: A Study of the Peruzzi Company of Florence

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2002 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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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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Contents

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1
The company and the family
11
The nature of the business
38
The structure of the Peruzzi Company
76
The accounting of the Peruzzi Company
101
The prosperous years 13001324
127
The decline begins 13251335
156
The critical years 13351340
184
The aftermath
230
Conclusions
243
Appendixes
251
Al Detail of others balances at July 1 1335
256
Peruzzi Company and shareholder data
259
A6 Changes in company loan balances
265
Exchange rate trends
266
Bibliography
272

The collapse 13401343
212
Total number of Peruzzi employees 133543
223

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