Commercial Banks and Industrial Finance in England and Wales, 1860-1913 / Edition 1

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Before 1914, the City of London was the premier international financial centre. However, following the disruption of the world markets caused by World War I and the Great Depression of the 1930s, other industrial nations quickly and effectively challenged Britain's influence. Critics of the banks claim that, even before 1914, there were serious deficiencies in the financial provision provided by banks to the domestic industrial sector, and that these deficiencies handicapped Britain's competitive advantage in world markets, leading to the decline of their influence and power. This book examines these claims, and bringing to bear important new data that presents the debate in a novel and revealing framework, expounds an economic rationale for historical bank behaviour.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199249862
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Collins is Professor of Financial History at the University of Leeds, and author of a number of books on the history of banking in the UK, and journal articles on different aspects of monetary history. Mae Baker is Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds. She is author of a number of journal articles on different aspects of monetary history.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Note to Reader on Monetary Values
1 The Relationship Between Finance and Industry in Britain 1
2 Comparative European Banking Developments 24
3 Relationship Banking and Transaction Banking: Conceptual Issues 47
4 Trends in Commercial Bank Liabilities and Assets, 1860-1913 57
5 The Impact of Financial Crises on Commercial Bank Behaviour 82
6 Bank Mergers and the Impact on Asset Structures, 1860-1913 107
7 Contemporary Opinion on Bank Lending 134
8 Professionalization, Organization, and Control 150
9 The Nature of Commercial Banks' Industrial Loans 178
10 Loan Refusals 202
11 Business Clients' Financial Distress 221
12 Conclusion 250
Appendices 259
References 272
Company Index 290
Name Index 292
Subject Index 294
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