The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, 1740-1914 - Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories 1 (Hardback)
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The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, 1740-1914 - Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories 1 (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 21/08/2003
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Personal credit relations were ubiquitous in English consumer markets, binding family members, friends, neighbours, customers and tradesmen in tangled lines of mutual obligation. In this study of the social history of personal debt and credit, Margot Finn reveals the pre-eminence of social individuals - men, women and children whose ability to engage in credit contracts was contingent upon their dependent social status. Using a wide range of printed and manuscript sources, and paying particular attention to distinctions of gender and of class, Finn examines English consumer culture from three interlocking perspectives: representations of debt in novels, diaries and autobiographical memoirs; the transformation of imprisonment for debt; and the use of small claims courts to mediate disputes between debtors and creditors. This major study of personal debt from 1740 to 1914 will appeal to social, legal and cultural historians, literary scholars and those interested in the history of consumer culture.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521823425
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Finn has made us all her debtors, for an outstanding book that is a must for all historians of modern Britain. It is a major contribution to the growing field of consumer history.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'... draws upon an impressive - and sometimes almost intoxicating - range of contemporary source material ... Finn's conclusions are challenging and important ... The Character of Credit is an outstanding book that should be read by early modern and late modern historians alike.' The Economic History Review
'... fascinating ...' Journal of Continuity and Change
'The questions it raises about the social and cultural embeddedness of economic relations are of major importance to economic historians, the history of the debtors' prisons in an outstanding piece of social history, and the work on plebeian encounters with civil law is of considerable significance ... this is not just a book that deserves to be widely read, but a book which ought to prompt and guide a great deal of further research by historians ... sets a high standard.' Reviews in History
'Margot Finn's book is an outstanding example of a new type of history that might be called the 'history of economic culture'.' The Historical Journal

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