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Commercial fraud and public men in Victorian Britain.

Taylor, James (2005) Commercial fraud and public men in Victorian Britain. Historical Research, 78 (200). pp. 230-252.

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Abstract

This article is a contribution to the growing literature on business morality in Victorian Britain. Using the Royal British Bank fraud of 1856 as a case study, it examines the effects association with commercial fraud had on the reputations of public men in Victorian Britain. It contends that, despite the arguments of some historians that fraud was not regarded as a serious crime in Victoria's reign, financial scandal could in fact prove lethal to the careers of public figures. Yet the criminal trial was not the sole, nor even the principal, means by which reputations were destroyed, for extra-legal punishments could be even more damaging.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Historical Research
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 4378
Deposited By: Dr James Taylor
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2008 13:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 15:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4378

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