The Character of Credit
Personal Debt in English Culture, 1740-1914
By (author) Margot C. Finn
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Character of Credit by Margot C. Finn
Book DescriptionPersonal 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036498
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margot C. Finn
Gentility and the Comic Theatre of Late Stuart London, Hardback (June 2005)
The book examines how gentility was portrayed at London's theatres during the early modern era.
After Chartism, Paperback (January 2004)
Working- and middle-class radical politics in England from the fall of Chartism in 1848 to the 1870s.
Character of Credit, Hardback (August 2003)» View all books by Margot C. Finn
An exploration of personal credit and debt in English society from 1740 to 1914.
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Author Biography - Margot C. Finn
Margot C. Finn is Warwick Research Fellow and Reader in History at the University of Warwick. She is the author of After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics, 1848-1874 (CUP, 1993).
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