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Anthropologists in the Stock ExchangeA Financial History of Victorian Science$
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Marc Flandreau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226360300

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226360584.001.0001

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The Man Who Ate the Cannibals

The Man Who Ate the Cannibals

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(p.216) Chapter Ten The Man Who Ate the Cannibals
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Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange
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Marc Flandreau

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226360584.003.0011

Drawing on the previous chapters and on new evidence of the way Hyde Clarke straddled finance and science, this chapter provides a new narrative of the way the Anthropological Society was brought down after the famous letter published by Hyde Clarke in the Athenaeum, where he criticized vehemently the ASL’s accounts and governance. Hyde Clarke’s career from the railway boom in the 1840s to the Athenaeum episode in the Summer of 1868 (just a dozen weeks before the election that was to bring Gladstone to power following a Liberal landslide). Putting the conflict between Hyde Clarke and the leaders of the ASL in 1868 (including Bedford Pim) in parallel with the dispute that took place between Hyde Clarke and Bedford Pim in 1872 over a Honduras railway, the chapter underscores the complete identity that existed between the technique used by Clarke in 1868 to provoke a “run” of ASL fellows and the one he used to provoke a run on Honduras bondholders, the chapter suggests that the coming of the Anthropological Institute in 1871 can be likened to a hostile takeover raid by leaders of the Ethnological Society of London.

Keywords:   The Athenaeum, Smyrna-Aidin Railway Company Limited, jobbing, Hyde Clarke, Honduras Ship Railway, Bedford Pim

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