A Financial History of Western Europe / Edition 2

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Overview

This is the first history of finance - broadly defined to include money, banking, capital markets, public and private finance, international transfers etc. - that covers Western Europe (with an occasional glance at the western hemisphere) and half a millennium.

Charles Kindleberger highlights the development of financial institutions to meet emerging needs, and the similarities and contrasts in the handling of financial problems such as transferring resources from one country to another, stimulating investment, or financing war and cleaning up the resulting monetary mess. The first half of the book covers money, banking and finance from 1450 to 1913; the second deals in considerably finer detail with the twentieth century.

This major work casts current issues in historical perspective and throws light on the fascinating, and far from orderly, evolution of financial institutions and the management of financial problems. Comprehensive, critical and cosmopolitan, this book is both an outstanding work of reference and essential reading for all those involved in the study and practice of finance, be they economic historians, financial experts, scholarly bankers or students of money and banking.

This groundbreaking work was first published in 1984.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195077384
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,040,578
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Chronologies
PART I: MONEY
2. The Evolution of Money in Western Europe
3. Bank Money
4. Bimetallism and the Emergence of the Gold Standard
PART II: BANKING
Introduction to Part II
5. English and Scottish Banking
6. French Banking
7. German Banking
8. Italian and Spanish Banking
PART III: FINANCE
Introduction to Part Three
9. Government Finance
10. Private Finance, Individuals and Families
11. Private Finance—The Corporation
12. Foreign Investment—Dutch, British, French and German Experience to 1914
13. Transfer Cases
14. Foreign Lending—Political and Analytical Aspects
15. Financial Crises
PART IV: THE INTERWAR PERIOD
Introduction to Part Four
16. War Finance, Reparations, War Debts
17. German Postwar Inflation
18. The Restoration of the Pound to Par
19. Stabilization of the Franc
20. The 1929 Depression
21. The 1930's
PART V: AFTER WORLD WAR II
Introduction to Part Five
22. German Finance In and After World War II
23. Lend-Lease, the British Loan, the Marshall Plan
24. European Financial Integration
25. Europe in the World Financial System
Glossary
Conversion Tables—Equivalences and Exchange Rates for Specified Coins and Currencies at Specified Dates
Bibliography
Index

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