A History of Auditing

The Changing Audit Process in Britain from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day

By Derek Matthews

© 2006 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

The rise of the British accountancy profession from the late nineteenth century to the present day, and the world-wide success of its accountancy firms, were to a large extent based on the growth of the audit function.

This book explores the history of the audit process in Britain, demonstrating that the characteristic features of the auditing industry are a diversity in practice based largely on the different types of clients the auditors serve. The book examines the innovation that was brought about by the staggering developments in information technology which have been seen over the last few centuries.

This comprehensive history will be a useful reference tool for accounting, business and economic historians and will also be an enlightening read for all those with an interest in auditing procedures.


'Matthews has enriched our understanding of audit practice greatly, and undoubtedly his book will become a primary point of reference for future auditing researchers and historically inclined practitioners.' The Economic History Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Bookkeeping Audit 3. Documentation 4. Testing and Sampling 5. Internal Systems 6. The Balance Sheet Audit 7. Computing and the Audit 8. Risk, Materiality and Analytical Review 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Derek Matthews is Reader in Economic and Business History at Cardiff University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge New Works in Accounting History

This innovative series contains volumes on accounting history, auditing, bibliography, development of accounting principles and standards, education and ethics, financial reporting, law and regulations, management accounting and the theoretical works of leading scholars. Providing students, teachers and researchers with the opportunity to learn more about the discipline of accountancy and its past, this series is a vital addition to any accounting library.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / Financial