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

V. Markham Lester

Abstract

This is the first legal and financial history of bankruptcy in 19th-century England. This book 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. This book's analysis demonstrates the validity of the Victoriansʼ notion that financial failure was a significant problem for English society. The book shows that random factors may have played as great a role as cyclical fluctuations in bankruptcy levels. The book also adds a new and significant dimensi ... More

Keywords: bankruptcy, imprisonment, debt, insolvency, financial failure, Victorians, British government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205180
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

V. Markham Lester, author
Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama