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Anti-corruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern Era

Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória, and Guy Geltner


Anticorruption in History is the first major collection of case studies on how past societies and polities, in and beyond Europe, defined legitimate power in terms of fighting corruption and designed specific mechanisms to pursue that agenda. It is a timely book: corruption is widely seen today as a major problem, undermining trust in government, financial institutions, economic efficiency, the principle of equality before the law and human wellbeing in general. Corruption, in short, is a major hurdle on the “path to Denmark”—a feted blueprint for stable and successful statebuilding. The reson ... More

Keywords: anticorruption, corruption, European history, politics, public morality, democracy, ancient history, medieval history, early modern history, modern history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Kroeze, editor
Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam

André Vitória, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Amsterdam

Guy Geltner, editor
Professor of Medieval History, University of Amsterdam

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Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória and G. Geltner

Part I Antiquity

2 Fighting Corruption

Valentina Arena

3 The Corrupting Sea

Sarah E. Bond

Part II The Middle Ages

Part III Early Modernity

9 A Sick Body

Francisco Andújar Castillo, Antonio Feros and Pilar Ponce Leiva

Part IV From Early Modern to Modern Times

Part V Modern and Contemporary History

20 Corruption in an Anticorruption State?

André Steiner Translated by Kirsten Petrak-Jones


Michael Johnston

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