Aftermath and Summary of Conclusions

V. Markham Lester

in Victorian Insolvency

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205180
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676536 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Aftermath and Summary of Conclusions

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on insolvency law reform in England during the 19th century and provides some observations about the legacy of the Bankruptcy Act of 1883. It highlights the role of the Act in the growth and impact of the government on bankruptcy administration and its influence on bankruptcy legislation in other countries. This study concludes that financial failure was indeed a significant problem Victorian English society and that it was effectively addressed with the reform of the bankruptcy system and the abolition of imprisonment for debt.

Keywords: insolvency law reform; England; Bankruptcy Act; bankruptcy administration; imprisonment; financial failure

Chapter.  7210 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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