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Business Ethics from the 19th Century to Today

An Economist's View


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David George Surdam
    Pages 1-41
  3. David George Surdam
    Pages 43-69
  4. David George Surdam
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  12. David George Surdam
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  13. David George Surdam
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 367-397

About this book


This book combines elements of economic and business history to study business ethics from the nineteenth century to today. It concentrates on American and British business history, delving into issues such as slavery, industrialization, firm behavior and monopolies, and Ponzi schemes. This book draws on the work of economists and historians to highlight the importance of changing technologies, religious beliefs, and cultural attitudes, showing that what is considered ethical differs across time and place.


business ethics economic history business history industrialization big retail Standard Oil monopolies ponzi scheme

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

About the authors

David George Surdam is Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Business Ethics from the 19th Century to Today
  • Book Subtitle An Economist's View
  • Authors David George Surdam
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-37168-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-37171-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-37169-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 397
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    Business Ethics
    Business Ethics
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