Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 23/02/1995
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This is the first legal and financial history of bankruptcy in nineteenth-century England. V. Markham Lester offers a full statistical analysis and detailed account of bankruptcy, imprisonment for debt, and company winding-up, and traces the decline in the level of insolvency towards the end of the century. His scholarly and detailed analysis demonstrates the validity of the Victorians' notion that financial failure was a significant problem for English society. Dr Lester shows that random factors may have played as great a role as cyclical fluctuations in bankruptcy levels. Victorian Insolvency also adds a new and significant dimension to the debate on government growth by analysing for the first time the part the English legal system played in the growth of British government. By the end of the nineteenth century, the administration of bankrupt estates was one of the largest items of government expenditure. Dr Lester sets Victorian management of insolvency in the context of other nineteenth-century legal and financial reforms and assesses its role in the development of the modern British state.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198205180
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 24 mm


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The narrative is well written, and incorporates new material. The statistical work is careful to take into account factors that defy precise quantification. This is an attractively presented book that deals with topics that have not received sustained attention elsewhere. * Legal History *
a most thorough and scholarly study of insolvency in the Victorian era, and reprsents a lasting contribution to the literature on the casualties of business activity. Drawing on a great range of sources, it is very well written and impeccably presented. the legal, financial and adminsitrative aspects of insolvency in the nineteenth century are thoroughly explored...there is agreat deal here for anyone e=with an interest in the Victorian era generally, for legal and government historians, and for students of thecapital market and particularly business historians. A acrefully prepared statistical appendix, a detailed bibliography and index round off an invaluable contribution. * Business History *
Little scholarly attention has been paid by historians to this ever present aspect of nineteenth-century economic and social life. Lester has done historians great service by rescuing insolvency from this neglect and producing a meticulously researched monograph on bankruptcy and debt.

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