Conceiving Companies: Joint Stock Politics in Victorian England

Conceiving Companies: Joint Stock Politics in Victorian England

by Timothy L. Alborn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415180791

ISBN-13: 9780415180795

Pub. Date: 05/07/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Questions concerning the relationships and boundaries between 'private' business and 'public' government are of great and perennial concern to economists, economic and business historians, political scientists and historians.Conceiving Companies discusses the birth and development of joint-stock companies in 19th century England, an area of great importance

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Questions concerning the relationships and boundaries between 'private' business and 'public' government are of great and perennial concern to economists, economic and business historians, political scientists and historians.Conceiving Companies discusses the birth and development of joint-stock companies in 19th century England, an area of great importance to the history of this subject. Alborn takes a new approach to the rise of large scale companies in Victorian England, including the Bank of England and East India Company and Victorian railways, locating their origins in political and social practice. He offers a new perspective on an issue of great significance, not only for historians, but for political scientists and economists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415180795
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/07/1998
Series:
Routledge Explorations in Economic History Series
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1Introduction: companies and states1
Pt. ISovereign companies
2Democratic despot: the East India Company, 1783-185821
3Reluctant sovereign: the Bank of England, 1797-187553
Pt. IIJoint-stock banks
4"Representatives of the people": the politics of joint-stock banking, 1826-4485
5Shifting gears: the rise of deposit banking, 1844-80116
6"Doing enormous things": national banks, 1880-1914141
Pt. IIIRailways
7Early railways and the machinery of joint-stock politics173
8Railway republics and bureaucratic visions, 1860-75201
9Railways against democracy, 1875-1914225
10Conclusion: going public257
Notes261
Bibliography268
Index290

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