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Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

James Taylor


Should businessmen who commit fraud go to prison? This question has been asked repeatedly since 2008; it was also raised in nineteenth-century Britain, when the spread of corporate capitalism created enormous new opportunities for dishonesty. Historians have presented Victorian Britain as a haven for white-collar criminals, beneficiaries of a prejudiced criminal justice system which only dealt harshly with offences by the poor. This book challenges these beliefs. Based on an unparalleled sample of legal cases—many examined here for the first time—it presents a radical new interpretation of the ... More

Keywords: fraud, embezzlement, companies, criminal law, civil law, morality, directors, shareholders, banks, financial crises

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Taylor, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Lancaster University