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Dealing with Economic Failure

Between Norm and Practice (15th to 21st Century)

Edited By Albrecht Cordes and Margrit Schulte Beerbühl

Dealing with economic failure is one of the persistent and ubiquitous features of economic life. This volume brings together international scholars from several academic disciplines – economic and social history, legal history and law. They address a variety of different aspects on economic failure ranging from case studies on bankruptcy, insolvency, speculation, and strategies of coping with economic and financial squeezes. One focus throughout the book is on the in-betweens and the reciprocal impact of law and practice. The timeframe covers the period from the late middle ages to the present day. Irrespective of the temporal, spatial or cultural differences a slow and tedious evolution from a creditor-friendly to a more debtor-friendly perspective can be perceived. The chances for a fresh start have slightly improved.
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Jasper Kunstreich is a PhDl student in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford. His doctorate on the emergence of the German bankruptcy regime in the 19th century is supervised by Professor Avner Offer and Professor Joshua Getzler. Before coming to Oxford, Jasper Kunstreich studied History, Law, and Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. 

Albrecht Cordes is professor of Medieval and Early Modern Legal History and Civil Law at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. His research activities focus on late medieval and early modern legal history, and mainly on the history of commercial law and the legal history of the Hanseatic League. He is director of the Institute for legal history at the Goethe University, board member of the Hansischer Geschichtsverein, and member of the steering committee of the LOEWE Research Focus “Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution”. Latest publication with Serge Duchy (eds), Eine Grenze in Bewegung, München 2013.

Ulrich Falk is director of the Institut für Unternehmensrecht (Institute for Corporate Law), member of the academic council of the Zentrum für Insolvenz und Sanierung (ZIS, Centre for Insolvency and Reorganisation) and member of the Historisches Institut (Historical Institute) at the University of Mannheim. He has been teaching and conducting research in Mannheim since 2002. From 1992 to 2001, he was a scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. In the 2009/10 academic year, he held a research professorship from the state of Baden-Württemberg,...

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