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Published: 06 December 2021 (Estimated)

512 Pages


ISBN: 9780198796244

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Trust and Distrust

Corruption in Office in Britain and its Empire, 1600-1850

Mark Knights

  • Offers the first overview of the story of the development of public and corporate office in pre-modern Britain
  • Emphasises the need to relate ideas about corruption to the national and colonial contexts, explaining why Britain's development of a 'civil service' was fundamentally shaped by its political, religious, economic, social and cultural history, both domestic and imperial
  • Adopts a broad view of what constituted 'office', including those in the trading corporations that spearheaded colonisation, and so addresses the role of corruption in the history of imperial expansion
  • Highlights the importance of 'trust' for understanding the evolution of standards in office
  • Draws on and addresses research in cognate disciplines to history, such as the political and social sciences, and law