A History of Socially Responsible Business, c.1600–1950

  • William A Pettigrew
  • David Chan Smith

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jason Russell, Andrew Smith, Kevin D. Tennent
    Pages 243-270
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 305-313

About this book


This book examines the changing reciprocal relationships between corporations and their various social obligations over the very long term - from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Chapters from emerging and established business historians assess the full range of social obligations that corporations held historically. By adopting an innovative methodological approach that is long-term and comparative, this book offers a challenge to the literature on corporate history and will be of interest to researchers and academics in the field of finance and business history.


corporate history state policy civil society non-profit corporations regulated corporations corporate development social responsibility Corporate Social Responsibility Common Law Early Modern English Trading Corporations British Chartered Trading Companies Non-profit Sector Securities Markets

Editors and affiliations

  • William A Pettigrew
    • 1
  • David Chan Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of HistoryWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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