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This paper defines and relates contemporary applications of accounting history and is intended to assist scholars who do not specialize in historical study. A definitional distinction is drawn between history as a social science, with an emphasis on interpretation, criticism, and method, and history as a descriptive narrative form. Arguments are presented for the relevance of published accounting history studies to accounting pedagogy, policy and practice. The inherent limitations of historical inquiry are also explored. An appendix provides information on accounting history organisations, publications, and activities worldwide. A related paper which develops an accounting historiography will appear in a later issue of this journal.

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This page is a summary of: Accounting History: Definition and Relevance, Abacus, March 1990, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6281.1990.tb00229.x.
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