Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England by V. Markham LesterVictorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England by V. Markham Lester

Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth…

byV. Markham Lester

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$330.60 online 
$412.50 list price save 19%
Earn 1653 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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 endof 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 ofthe 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.

About The Author

V. Markham Lester is an Assistant Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama.

Details & Specs

Title:Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019820518X

ISBN - 13:9780198205180

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Victorian Insolvency: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

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.