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The Routledge Companion to Accounting History

Edited by: John Richard Edwards , Stephen P. Walker

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  May  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415410946
eBook ISBN: 9780203871928
Adobe ISBN: 9781135230883

10.4324/9780203871928
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The Routledge Companion to Accounting History shows how the seemingly innocuous practice of accounting has pervaded human existence in fascinating ways at numerous times and places; from ancient civilisations to the modern day, and from the personal to the political.

Placing the history of accounting in context with other fields of study, the collection gives invaluable insights to subjects such as the rise of capitalism, the control of labour, gender and family relationships, racial exploitation, the functioning of the state, and the pursuit of military conflict. An engaging and comprehensive overview also examining geographical differences, this Companion is split into key sections, which explore:

  • changing technologies used to represent financial and other data
  • historical development of accounting theory and practice
  • accounting institutions and those who perform accounting
  • accountancy and the economy
  • accounting, society, and culture
  • the role of accounting in the government, protection and financing of states including chapters on the important role played by accountancy in religious organizations, a review of how the discipline is portrayed in fine art and popular culture, and analysis of sharp practice and corporate scandals.

The Routledge Companion to Accounting History has a breadth of coverage that is unmatched in this growing area of study. Bringing together leading writers in the field, this is an essential reference work for any student of accounting, business and management, and history.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction: synthesis and engagement Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Structures, territories and tribes Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Historiography Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Subjects, sources and dissemination Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ancient accounting Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Bookkeeping Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Mechanisation and computerisation Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Financial accounting theory Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Financial accounting practice Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Management accounting Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Auditing Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Professionalisation Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Practitioners, work and firms Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Education Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  17:  National accounting Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Finance and financial institutions Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Railroads Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Scandals Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Gender Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Race and ethnicity Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Indigenous peoples and colonialism Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Emancipation Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Religion Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Creative arts Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The state Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Military Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Taxation Download PDF
Introduction_synthesis_and_engagement Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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