Corrupt Histories

Corrupt Histories

Edited by Emmanuel Kreike, William Chester Jordan

An examination of the meaning and effects of corruption in 18th to 20th Century history.
Corruption is a preoccupation of governments and societies across place and time, from the 18th-19th Century British, Chinese, and Iberian empires to 20th Century Nazi Germany, Russia, the United States, and India. This study offers three different perspectives on corruption. The first chapters highlight corrupt practices, taking as a point of departure a technocratic definition of corruption. The second part of the book views corruption through the lens of discourses of corruption, revealing that accusations of corruption have been employed as tools, often in the context of contestations of power. The essays in the third part of the book treat corruption as a process, taking into account its causes and effects and their impact on society, economics, and politics.

Contributors: Jeremy Adelman, Virginie Coulloudon, William Doyle, Diego Gambetta, Norman J. W. Goda, Robert Gregg, Michael Johnston, William Chester Jordan, Emmanuel Kreike, Vinod Pavarala, Dilip Simeon, Pierre-Etienne Will, David Witwer, Philip Woodfine

William Chester Jordan is Professor of History at Princeton University; Emmanuel Kreike is Assistant Professor of African History and Director of the African Studies Program at Princeton University

Table of Contents

Introduction - Emmanuel Kreike and William Chester Jordan
Corruption: An Analytical Map - Diego Gambetta
Officials and Money in Late Imperial China: State Finances, Private Expectations, and the Problem of Corruption in a Changing EnvironmentChanging Environment - Will Pierre-Etienne
Changing Notions of Public Corruption, c. 1770-c. 1850 - William Doyle
Black Marks: Hitler's Bribery of His Senior Officers During World War II - Norman Goda
Corruption and Democratic Consolidation - Michael Johnston
Tempters or Tempted? The Rhetoric and Practice of Corruption in Walpolean Politics - Philip Woodfine
The Most Racketeer-Ridden Union in America: The Problem of Corruption in the Teamsters Union during the 1930s - David Witwer
Russia Adrift: Twenty Years of Anti-corruption Campaigns - Virginie Coulloudon
Cultures of Corruption and the Corruption of Culture: The East India Company and the Hastings Impeachment - Vinod Pavarala
Uneasy Streets: Police, Corruption, and Anxiety in Bombay, London, and New York City - Robert Gregg
The Currency of Sentiment: An Essay on Informal Accululation in Colonial India - Dilip Simeon
Commerce and Corruption in the Late Spanish and Portuguese Empires - Jeremy Adelman

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