Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825-1875

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byR.W. Kostal

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Law and English Railway Capitalism, 1825-1875 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 English common law and lawyers on the early steam railwayindustry. Grounded in a wide variety of legal and industrial source materials, the studys eight analytical narrative chapters examine a range of interactions between early railway capitalism and the evolving culture, doctrine, and procedures of Victorian lawyers. Subjects considered in depth includethe legal ramifications of the great railway manias. law and the infiltration of the English countryside, railway accidents, corporate monopolism, and the organization of Englands first corporate legal departments. Each chapter contributes to the books ambitious general interpretation of theprofound but ambiguous engagement of an antiquated but powerful legal system with a dynamic new industry.

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Law and English Railway Capitalism, 1825-1875 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 English common law and lawyers on the early steam railwayindustry. Grounded in a wide variety of lega...

R. W. Kostal is at University of Western Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198265670

ISBN - 13:9780198265672

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List of tablesList of illustrationsNote on Abbreviations and CitationIntroductionPart I: Law and the Inception of Railways1. Dis-organizing Capitalism: How Lawyers Made and Unmade the Railways Manias 1825-18452. A Hurricane of Litigation: The Legal Aftermath of the Railway Panic 1845-18503. Capitalism in the Lawyers' World: Railways, Private Acts and Parliamentary Legal Culture 1825-18704. The Invasion of the Land: Railways, Land Expropriation, and Legal Process 1825-1850Part II: Law and the Operational Railways5. Into the Ideological Breach: Railway Monopolism, the Small Freight War, and the Courts 1840-18726. Localism and Capitalism: Law and the Parochial Taxation of Railways 1825-18627. `The Instrumentality of Others': Railway Accidents and the Courts 1840-18758. `A Ruinous System': Railway Companies and their Lawyers 1825-1875Conclusion: The Dialectics of Law and English Railway Capitalism 1825-1875Appendix: A Case-Study of the Legal Department of the London and North Western Railway 1862-1875: The Problem of Personal Injury ClaimsBibliographyIndex