This title, first published in 1985, examines the evolution of the laws relating to debt and credit during the industrial revolution. Since economic activity was so precarious during the industrial revolution it is important to explore the legal procedures designed to deal with its victims. This work examines two aspects of financial collapse during the industrial revolution: the legal and institutional framework which defined and regulated it, and bankruptcy itself. This title will be of interest to students of history, law and economics.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations; Introduction; Part One: The Legal Framework; 1. The Bankruptcy Laws 2. The Insolvency Laws 3. The Small Debt Laws 4. Law Reform and Economic Growth; Part Two: Bankruptcy; 5. The Causes of Bankruptcy 6. The Crisis of 1810 7. The Bill of Exchange 8. The Bankruptcy of Brickwood and Co. 9. The Bankruptcy of Dawes, Noble and Co. 10. Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Statistical Supplement