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The 30 Day MBA, 4th Edition by Colin Barrow

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Business history

  • The foundations of contract law
  • The first business gurus
  • Early accounting (and the death penalty!)
  • Stock markets and coffee houses
  • Limiting liabilities
  • Encouraging innovations
  • Banking beginnings
  • The world’s oldest ventures

‘May you live in interesting times’ – an expression part curse, part exhortation that might have been coined for the years straddling the first few decades of the 21st century.

As this era looks eerily similar to the world depression triggered in 1929 the philosopher George Santayana’s quote – ‘those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it’ – is peculiarly appropriate. Henry Ford, the founder of the car company, famously said: ‘History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want ...

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