The character of credit : personal debt in English culture, c. 1740-1914
Finn, Margot C. (2003) The character of credit : personal debt in English culture, c. 1740-1914. Cambridge social and cultural histories (No.1). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521823420Full text not available from this repository.
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Personal credit relations were ubiquitous in English consumer markets, binding family members, friends, neighbours, customers and tradesmen in tangled lines of mutual obligation. In this study of the social history of personal debt and credit, Margot Finn reveals the pre-eminence of social individuals - men, women and children whose ability to engage in credit contracts was contingent upon their dependent social status. Using a wide range of printed and manuscript sources, and paying particular attention to distinctions of gender and of class, Finn examines English consumer culture from three interlocking perspectives: representations of debt in novels, diaries and autobiographical memoirs; the transformation of imprisonment for debt; and the use of small claims courts to mediate disputes between debtors and creditors. This major study of personal debt from 1740 to 1914 will appeal to social, legal and cultural historians, literary scholars and those interested in the history of consumer culture.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Finance, Personal -- Great Britain -- History, Credit -- Great Britain -- History, Consumption (Economics) in literature, Economics and literature -- Great Britain -- History, Debt -- Great Britain -- History, Economics in literature, Debt in literature, Great Britain -- Economic conditions|
|Series Name:||Cambridge social and cultural histories|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Cambridge|
|Number of Pages:||362|
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