Colonel William Henry Sykes: His contribution to statistical accounting

Talbot, P.A. (2010) Colonel William Henry Sykes: His contribution to statistical accounting. Accounting History, 15 (2). pp. 253-276. ISSN 10323732 (ISSN)

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Abstract

In "Genealogies of Calculation", Miller and Napier (1993) engaged with the alternative boundaries of calculation beyond traditional accounting histories. This was justified because not all forms of calculation are to be found in accounting. The removal of this accounting limitation encouraged investigation into other calculative technologies in order to widen the accounting history agenda. This challenge is now taken up through the genealogical examination of the mutation of political arithmetic into statistics and then as accounting statistics as employed by the British military and its relationship with the British brewing industry. In particular, the focus is on the work of Colonel William Henry Sykes, a seminal member of the early Victorian Statistical Movement with his statistical accounting analysis of the British and French Armies of 1864 and later employment of this technique in the financial management of the Bass Rifle Volunteers. © 2010 The Author(s).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accounting statistics, Counting, Political arithmetic, Statistical departments, Statistics
Subjects: G300 Statistics
N400 Accounting
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Accountancy and Finance
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 15:03
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2843

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