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17 AUG 2010

Sources on the history of English bankruptcy law.

I thought it might be useful to upload on to the blog a list of historical sources that readers might find interesting. In no particular order:

19th Century

  • Duffy, IPH. English Bankrupts, 1571-1861 (1980) Amer J. Legal Hist 24 283-305
  • Duffy, IPH. Bankruptcy and Insolvency in London during the Industrial Revolution. Garland Publishing, Inc. New York & London. 1985;
  • Lester, VM. Victorian Insolvency. Clarendon Press, 1995 (the source suggested by Adrian).
  • Graham, David and Tribe, John (2009) Bankruptcy in Crisis - a Regency Saga: Part 4 - Basil Montagu (1770-1851). Insolvency Intelligence, 22(9), pp. 132-140.
  • Tribe, JP and Graham, D (2007) Bankruptcy in Crisis – A Regency Saga: Part 3 – The Bankruptcy Bar. Insolvency Intelligence (Insol.Int), 20 April, pp. 38-41.
  • Tribe, JP and Graham, D (2004) Bankruptcy in Crisis – A Regency Saga. Insolvency Intelligence (Insolv.Int) (2004), 17, p. 6.
  • Tribe, JP and Graham, D (2004) Bankruptcy in Crisis – A Regency Saga: Part 2 – The Busy Bankruptcy Court. Insolvency Intelligence (Insolv.Int), 17, p. 150.
  • For actual 19th century sources, see:

    Other sources of interest and in no particular order:

  • Cadwallader, FJJ. In pursuit of the merchant debtor and bankrupt: 1066-1732. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. University College London, University of London. June 1965;
  • Cooke, RM. The Foundations of the Law of Bankruptcy. University of Manchester, LL.M. thesis. 1924;
  • Coull, DC. The Prevention of Fraud prior to bankruptcy – a comparative study. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. University of Aberdeen, 1974;
  • Servian, MS. Eighteenth Century Bankruptcy Law: From Crime to Process. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1985;
  • Treiman, I. A History of the English Law of Bankruptcy, with Special Reference to the Origins, Continental Sources , and Early Development of the Principal Features of the Law. University of Oxford. Unpublished D.Phil thesis. 1927;
  • Levinthal, L.E. The Early History of Bankruptcy Law (1918) vol. 66, U. PA. L. Rev. 233;
  • Levinthal, L.E. The Early History of English Bankruptcy (1919) vol. 67, U. PA. L. Rev. 1;
  • Treiman, I. Escaping the Creditor in the Middle Ages (1927) 43 LQR 230;
  • Welbourne, E. Bankruptcy before the era of Victorian Reform (1932-34) Vol,4, p.51;
  • Glenn, G. Essentials of Bankruptcy: Prevention of Fraud, and Control of Debtor (1937) Virginia Law Review 23; 373-388;
  • Treiman, I. Acts of bankruptcy: a medieval concept in modern bankruptcy law (1938) 52 Harv. L. Rev 187;
  • Nadelmann, K.H. Bankruptcy Treatise (1944) 93 U.Pa. L. Rev 58;
  • Riesenfeld, SA. The Evolution of Modern Bankruptcy Law: A Comparison of the Recent Bankruptcy Acts of Italy and the United States [1947] vol.31, no.5, pp.401-455;
  • Helmholz, RH. Bankruptcy and Probate jurisdiction before 1571 (1983) Missouri Law Review 48; 415-429;
  • Weisberg, R. Commercial Morality, the Merchant Character, and the History of the Voidable Preference (1986) Stanford Law Review 39;1-137;
  • Servian, MS. The influence on, and the influence of a Law Reformer: Basil Montagu, a Founding Father of the Modern Law of Insolvency (1986) IL&P, March/April, 45;
  • Servian, MS. On the demise of acts of bankruptcy (1988) IL&P, July/August, 117;
  • Graham, D. ‘Shakespeare in Debt?’ English and International Insolvency in Tudor England: Part 1 (2000) Insolv.Int. 13(5), 36-37;
  • Graham, D. ‘Shakespeare in Debt?’ English and International Insolvency in Tudor England: Part 2 (2000) Insolv.Int. 13(6), 44-46;
  • Graham, D. Discovering Jabez Henry: Cross Border Insolvency Law in the 19th Century. (2001) Int.Insolv.Rev, Vol.10:153-166;
  • Graham, D. The Insolvent Italian Banks of Medieval London (2000) Int.Insolv.Rev, Vol.9(3); 213 – 231;
  • Graham, D. A Dark and Neglected Subject: Landmarks in the Reform of English Insolvency Law (2002) Int.Insolv.Rev, Vol.11(2); 97-119;
  • Quilter, M. Daniel Defoe bankrupt and bankruptcy reformer (2004) J.Leg.Hist, 25(1), 53-57;
  • Tribe, J & Graham, D. Bacon in Debt - The Insolvency Judgments of Francis, Lord Verulam. [2006] IL&P, vol.22(1), 11-16.
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