Magazine article The CPA Journal

Book Review: Studies in Accounting History-Tradition and Innovation for the Twenty-First Century

Magazine article The CPA Journal

Book Review: Studies in Accounting History-Tradition and Innovation for the Twenty-First Century

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Greenwood Publishing Group Inc., 284 pages, $75.00 Review by Alexander AH. Bohtling&ng, CPA, retired from Deloitte & Touche This book presents 13 papers contributed by delegates to the Sixth World Congress of Accounting Historians, held in August 1992 in Kyoto, Japan. The previous meeting of this organization was held in Sydney, Australia in 1988.

This book was published under the auspices of the Accounting History Association of Japan. The papers presented in this book were selected by the editors from approximately 50 papers presented for publications.

The said papers, in separate chapters in this book, cover a very wide range of historical accounting developments and occurrences, some going back hundreds of years. They cover situations in various countries, including the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan, the German-speaking world-Germany, Switzerland, and Austria-as well as Italy, New Zealand, and Spain.

Interestingly, the double entry bookkeeping system introduced by Friar Luca Pacioli of Tialy is mentioned. …

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