Corrupt Histories

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Corruption is a preoccupation of governments and societies across place and time, from the 18th-19th Century British, Chinese, and Iberian empires to 20th Century Nazi Germany, Russia, the United States, and India. This study offers three different perspectives on corruption. The first chapters highlight corrupt practices, taking as a point of departure a technocratic definition of corruption. The second part of the book views corruption through the lens of discourses of corruption, revealing that accusations of corruption have been employed as tools, often in the context of contestations of power. The essays in the third part of the book treat corruption as a process, taking into account its causes and effects and their impact on society, economics, and politics. Contributors: JEREMY ADELMAN, VIRGINIE COULLOUDON, WILLIAM DOYLE, DIEGO GAMBETTA, NORMAN J. W. GODA, ROBERT GREGG, MICHAEL JOHNSTON, WILLIAM CHESTER JORDAN, EMMANUEL KREIKE, VINOD PAVARALA, DILIP SIMEON, PIERRE-ETIENNE WILL, DAVID WITWER, PHILIP WOODFINE William Chester Jordan is Professor of History at Princeton University; Emmanuel Kreike is Assistant Professor of African History and Director of the African Studies Program at Princeton University.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580461887
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Series: Studies in Comparative History, #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Corruption : an analytical map 3
2 Officials and money in late imperial China : state finances, private expectations, and the problem of corruption in a changing environment 29
3 Changing notions of public corruption, c.1770-c. 1850 83
4 Black marks : Hitler's bribery of his senior officers during World War II 96
5 Corruption and democratic consolidation 138
6 Tempters or tempted? : the rhetoric and practice of corruption in Walpolean politics 167
7 "The most racketeer-ridden union in America" : the problem of corruption in the Teamsters Union during the 1930s 197
8 Russia adrift : twenty years of anticorruption campaigns 239
9 Cultures of corruption and the corruption of culture : the East India Company and the Hastings impeachment 291
10 Uneasy streets : police, corruption, and anxiety in Bombay, London, and New York City 337
11 The currency of sentiment : an essay on informal accumulation in colonial India 386
12 Commerce and corruption in the late Spanish and Portuguese empires 428
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