An accounting thesaurus : 500 years of accounting by Richard L. Chambers

By Richard L. Chambers

A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this e-book contains over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 strains in size. The ebook goals to provide an old viewpoint in addition to an up to date assessment of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference e-book and a learn software. Its diversity extends from normal curiosity to the complex, overlaying ideas, practices and criteria, specialist and educational critiques, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few concerning accounting paintings and notion.

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I s an art that teaches t o record the several transactions o f our affairs, in so exact and regular a manner, that, at any time, we may know the true state of each particular branch of our dealings, or of the whole, with ease and dispatch. Jackson, 1 809, 1 Double entry bookkeeping is a systematic exhibition of the transactions of business, for the purpose of ascertaining all that we owe, and all that owes us. Marsh, 1 835/1 988, 1 93 19 An Accounting Thesaurus the aim of all bookkeeping should be: - .

Money . . credit . . commerce . . capital . . Littleton, 1 927, 1 40 The significance of systematic bookkeeping for the development of capitalism, that is, for the rational pursuit of unlimited profits, can hardly be exaggerated . . It reduced the gain idea to an abstraction by putting the profit in a specific form, a definite sum of money in contrast to the natural aim of subsistence which was in the forefront of the medieval business man ' s mental attitude. It was this abstraction of profit that first made the concept possible .

Marsh, 1 835/1 988, 1 86 it astonishes us that anyone living in London and having any intercourse with practical men, should have been found to lay the least stress on the publication of balance sheets, or accounts of assets and obligations. They are worse than worthless, being 6 Accounting in General eminently calculated to deceive and mislead . . Even though the parties were perfectly honest, the publication of a balance sheet would be good for nothing. McCulloch, 1 836/ 1 936, 433 [In the mid- 1 840s] railway shareholders were so bewildered and mystified by cooked accounts, manipulated figures, partial statements, and delusive representations of railway property, that they actually regarded the payment of dividends out of capital as a legitimate practice.

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