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Dis-organizing Capitalism: How Lawyers Made and Unmade the Railway Manias, 1825–1845

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Lawyers provided invaluable legal and commercial services to the scores of ‘legitimate’ railway enterprises promoted in England before 1850. Their expertise in business organization and ... More


Conclusion: The Dialectics of Law and English Railway Capitalism, 1825–1875

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The dialectical interpretation of the preceding narrative chapters is based on four interpretative generalizations: that while there was some integration of the worlds of railway managers and railway ... More


Introduction

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This introductory chapter sets out the focus the book, which is a case-study in the legal history of early industrial economy in England. It concerns fifty years of powerful dialectical exchange ... More


‘A Hurricane of Litigation’: The Legal After Math of the Railway Panic, 1845–1850

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The collapse of the railway securities markets in the last days of October 1845 left a powerful financial vacuum in its wake. Millions of pounds of capital had flowed through a screen of paper ... More


Capitalism in the Lawyers’ World: Railways, Privateacts, and Parliamentary Legal Culture, 1825–1870

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The railways were unique among the great industrial enterprises of 19th-century England for having been legislated into existence. Unlike textile mills, deep mines, or iron and steel works, railway ... More


Into the Ideological Breach: Railway Monopolism, the Small Freight war, and the Courts, 1840–1872

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The Parliamentarians of the 1830s and 1840s had not intended to create private commercial monopolies over steam railway transport. They had imagined, rather, that the private railway acts would ... More


Localism and Capitalism: Law and the Parochial Taxation of Railways, 1825–1862

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter focuses on the first three decades of a protracted struggle between rural authorities and railway companies over the rightful division of a new form of industrial wealth. The principal ... More


‘The Instrumentality of Others’: Railway Accidents and the Courts, 1840–1875

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

In the 1840s injured railway passengers and employees alike commenced legal actions for damages. It is clear that many lawyers of the era believed that both kinds of accident victims might commence ... More


A ‘Ruinous System’: Railway Companies and their Lawyers, 1825–1875

R. W. Kostal

in Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Legal History

From its first organizational moments to its emergence as a leading sector of the English industrial economy, lawyers were an intrinsic part of steam railway capitalism. Solicitors especially, being ... More


Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825–1875

R. W. Kostal

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198265672
eISBN:
9780191682926
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265672.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This is the first large scale historical treatment of the relationship between English law and the rise of a leading sector of 19th-century industrial enterprise. The book examines the impact of ... More


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