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1. Definition and terminology

A bourse is a market or exchange held at a definite time and place, where fungible goods (i.e. convertible goods or securities) are traded. The market, held at regular intervals, is governed by state or professional regulations, which define the conditions for admitting individuals, what is traded, and how the market is supervised. The objects…

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Walter, Rolf, “Bourse”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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