Dr James Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Dr Taylor's work explores the cultural, political, and legal dimensions of economic change in Britain since the 1700s. He has published on subjects ranging from the rise of the corporation, the early history of corporate governance, and the regulation and punishment of commercial fraud, to the history of the financial press and literary representations of commerce. His latest research explores the history of advertising in Britain in the early twentieth century.

“A fascinating show for John Citizen and his wife”: advertising exhibitions in early twentieth-century London
Taylor, J. 29/07/2017 In: Journal of Social History. 51, 4, 29 p.
Journal article

White-collar crime and the law in nineteenth-century Britain
Taylor, J. 20/06/2017 In: Business History. 18 p.
Journal article

Written in the skies: advertising, technology, and modernity in Britain since 1885
Taylor, J. 17/10/2016 In: Journal of British Studies. 55, 4, p. 750-780. 31 p.
Journal article

Directors in the dock: joint-stock banks and the criminal law in nineteenth-century Britain
Taylor, J. 31/01/2016 In: Complexity and crisis in the financial system . Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 164-182. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Financial crises and the birth of the financial press, 1825-1880
Taylor, J. 08/2014 In: The media and financial crises. Routledge p. 203-214. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creating capitalism: joint-stock enterprise in British politics and culture, 1800-1870 (Paperback edition)
Taylor, J. 15/05/2014 Paperback ed. Woodbridge : Boydell Press. 266 p. ISBN: 9780861933235.
Book

Privacy, publicity, and reputation: how the press regulated the market in nineteenth-century England
Taylor, J. 18/12/2013 In: Business History Review. 87, 4, p. 679-701. 23 p.
Journal article

Why have no bankers gone to jail?
Taylor, J. 7/10/2013
Other contribution

Boardroom scandal: the criminalization of company fraud in nineteenth-century Britain
Taylor, J. 04/2013 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 312 p. ISBN: 978-0-19-969579-9.
Book

Law, politics and the governance of English and Scottish joint-stock companies, 1600-1850
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 15/01/2013 In: Business History. 55, 4, p. 636-652. 17 p.
Journal article

Watchdogs or apologists? Financial journalism and company fraud in early Victorian Britain
Taylor, J. 11/2012 In: Historical Research. 85, 230, p. 632-652. 21 p.
Journal article

Review of periodical literature published in 2010: 1850-1945
Bradley, K., Taylor, J. 02/2012 In: Economic History Review. 65, 1, 14 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Shareholder democracies?: Corporate governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 2012 Chicago : University of Chicago Press. 360 p. ISBN: 9780226261874.
Book

Criminalising fraud: Victorian responses to company scandals
Taylor, J. 10/2011 In: Company Lawyer. 32, 10, p. 291-296. 6 p.
Journal article

Review of periodical literature published in 2009: 1850-1945
Bradley, K., Taylor, J. 02/2011 In: Economic History Review. 64, 1, 10 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Numbers, character and trust in early Victorian Britain: the Independent West Middlesex Fire and Life Assurance Company fraud
Taylor, J. 2011 In: Statistics and the public sphere. Routledge p. 185-202 . 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Review of periodical literature published in 2008: 1850-1945
Bradley, K., Taylor, J. 02/2010 In: Economic History Review. 63, 1, 9 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Between Madam Bubble and Kitty Lorimer: women investors in British and Irish stock companies
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 2009 In: Women and their money, 1700-1950. Routledge p. 95-114. 20 p. ISBN: 9780415419765.
Chapter

Politics
Taylor, J. 2008 In: The Victorian Literature Handbook. Continuum 3 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Technological change and the governance of joint-stock enterprise in the early nineteenth century: the case of Scottish coastal shipping
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 09/2007 In: Business History. 49, 5, p. 573-594. 22 p.
Journal article

Company fraud in Victorian Britain: the Royal British Bank scandal of 1856
Taylor, J. 1/06/2007 In: English Historical Review. cxxii, 497, p. 700-724. 25 p.
Journal article

"Different and better?" Scottish joint-stock companies and the law, c. 1720-1845
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 02/2007 In: English Historical Review. 122, 495, p. 61-81. 21 p.
Journal article

"A doe in the city": women shareholders in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain
Freeman, M., Pearson, R., Taylor, J. 07/2006 In: Accounting, Business and Financial History. 16, 2, p. 265-291. 27 p.
Journal article

Creating capitalism: joint-stock enterprise in British politics and culture, 1800-1870
Taylor, J. 2006 Woodbridge: Boydell Press. 256 p. ISBN: 0861932846.
Book

History of the company: the development of the business corporation, 1700-1914, 8 vols
Pearson, R., Taylor, J., Freeman, M. 2006 London : Pickering and Chatto. 1744 p. ISBN: 1851968202 (vols. 1-4), 1851968210 (vols. 5-8).
Book

Business in pictures: representations of railway enterprise in the satirical press in Britain 1845-1870
Taylor, J. 1/11/2005 In: Past and Present. 189, p. 111-145. 35 p.
Journal article

Commercial fraud and public men in Victorian Britain
Taylor, J. 05/2005 In: Historical Research. 78, 200, p. 230-252. 23 p.
Journal article

Office workers & YMCA
Taylor, J. 2004 In: The Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era. Grolier Academic Press
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Public or private?
Taylor, J. 2004 In: Journal of Liberal History. 44, p. 30-34. 5 p.
Journal article

The joint stock company in politics
Taylor, J. 2004 In: Reform and reformers in nineteenth-century Britain. Sunderland : University of Sunderland Press p. 99-116. 18 p. ISBN: 1873757948.
Chapter

Greed: the way they lived then
Taylor, J. 12/2001 In: BBC History Magazine. 2, p. 40-42. 3 p.
Journal article

Private property, public interest, and the role of the state in nineteenth-century Britain: the case of the lighthouses
Taylor, J. 1/09/2001 In: The Historical Journal. 44, 3, p. 749-771. 23 p.
Journal article