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Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

James Taylor

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

Should businessmen who commit fraud go to prison? This question has been asked repeatedly since 2008; it was also raised in nineteenth-century Britain, when the spread of corporate capitalism created ... More


Baffling Fraud: The 1840s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

On the face of it, the 1840s was a decade of change inspired by a series of major frauds. Magistrates began to take a more active role in the wake of joint-stock scandals. The legislature conducted a ... More


The Morals of Mania: The 1820s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

The mid-1820s saw the biggest boom in company promotions since the ‘bubble’ era of 1719-20. But confidence collapsed at the end of 1825, and this chapter explores the legal aftermath of the crash. ... More


Mismanagement or Fraud? The 1830s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

After the turmoil of 1825-27, the joint-stock company slid from the political agenda until the mid-1830s, when the ‘wild spirit of speculation’ returned, followed by another crash at the end of 1836. ... More


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