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Introduction Part I. Debt and Credit in English Memory and Imagination: 1. Fictions of debt and credit, 1740-1914 2. Debt and credit in diaries and autobiographies Part II. Imprisonment for Debt and the Economic Individual: 3. 'Mansions of Misery': The unreformed debtors prison 4. Discipline or abolish? Reforming imprisonment for debt Part III. Petty Debts and the Modernisation of English Law: 5. 'A Kind of Parliamentary Magic': eighteenth-century courts of conscience 6. From courts of conscience to county courts: small claims litigation in the nineteenth century 7. Market moralities: tradesmen, credit and the courts in Victorian and Edwardian England Conclusion.