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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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
Identification Number:
May 2010Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accounting statistics, Counting, Political arithmetic, Statistical departments, Statistics
Subjects: CAH09 - mathematical sciences > CAH09-01 - mathematical sciences > CAH09-01-03 - statistics
CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-08 - accounting
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Business, Digital Transformation & Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 12:07

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