The Routledge Companion to Accounting History shows how the seemingly innocuous practice of accounting has pervaded human existence in fascinating ways at numerous times and places; from ancient civilisations to the modern day, and from the personal to the political.
Placing the history of accounting in context with other fields of study, the collection gives invaluable insights to subjects such as the rise of capitalism, the control of labour, gender and family relationships, racial exploitation, the functioning of the state, and the pursuit of military conflict. An engaging and comprehensive overview also examining geographical differences, this Companion is split into key sections, which explore:changing technologies used to represent financial and other datahistorical development of accounting theory and practiceaccounting institutions and those who perform accounting accountancy and the economyaccounting, society, and culturethe role of accounting in the government, protection and financing of states including chapters on the important role played by accountancy in religious organizations, a review of how the discipline is portrayed in fine art and popular culture, and analysis of sharp practice and corporate scandals.
The Routledge Companion to Accounting History has a breadth of coverage that is unmatched in this growing area of study. Bringing together leading writers in the field, this is an essential reference work for any student of accounting, business and management, and history.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 622
Weight: 1225 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 38 mm
'This book provides a comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date overview of what is known about accounting's past. To their great credit, the editors and contributors have also created a work that testifies to the importance of that research.' Accounting & Business Review
'In this first book of its kind, Edwards and Walker bring together leading writers and accounting educators to provide a historical survey of the evolution of the accounting profession and its wide-ranging influence on society and culture. ... The breadth of coverage and the integration of accounting into other fields of study make the book an invaluable resource and a premier reference. Highly recommended.' -- CHOICE (April 2009, Vol. 46)
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