From the Athenian Tetradrachm to the Euro: Studies in European Monetary Integration

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With the introduction of the euro much recent attention has been focused on the role of currencies and their national and international significance. Whilst much has been made of the euro's achievements in harmonising Europe's financial dealings, it is often forgotten that it is by no means the first pan-national currency to enter circulation. Indeed, as the various contributions to this volume make plain, the euro can in many ways be regarded as a step 'back to the future', that is, a further international currency in a long historical tradition.

Covering a time span of some two and a half millennia, the contributions within this volume consider aspects of the European experience from classical antiquity until the beginning of the twenty first century. Subjects covered range from early greek currencies, the classical gold standard, the Bretton Woods system and the birth and introduction of the euro. By taking such a long term view of supra-national currencies, this volume provides a unique perspective, not only to the introduction and development of the euro, and its predecessors, but also on the broader question of the relationship between trade and common currencies

With the introduction of the Euro much recent attention has been focused on the role of currencies and their national and international significance. Whilst much has been made of the Euro's achievements in harmonising Europe's financial dealings, it is often forgotten that it is by no means the first pan-national currency to enter circulation. Indeed, as the various contributions to this volume make plain, the Euro can in many ways be regarded as a step 'back to the future', that is, a further internationalcurrency in a long historical tradition that includes the Athenian tetradrachm, the Spanish escudo and the French franc.

Covering a timespan of some two and a half millennia, the contributions within this volume fall within four broad chronological sections, the first comprising three contributions that consider aspects of the European experience from classical antiquity until the high middle ages. The discussion then leaps forward chronologically to the modern age, given a focus by three contributions devoted to nineteenth-century European developments. These, in turn, are set within a wider spatial perspective by two essays that review, first, the classical gold standard, primarily in terms of peripheral economies' experience, and, second, the Bretton Woods system. Fourth, and lastly, the Euro's origins and birth are explored in three further contributions.

By taking such a long term view of supra-national currencies, this volume provides a unique perspective, not only to the introduction and development of the Euro, and its predecessors, but also on the broader question of the relationship between trade and common currencies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
From the Athenian tetradrachm to the euro, Theodoros B. Karatzas
Common currency from antiquity: plus Ça change, plus c'est la même chose, Ioannis Touratsoglou
Monetary integration in the Roman Empire, Juan Carlos Martinez Oliva
'One money for an empire': achievements and limitations of Byzantium's currency from Constantine the Great to the fall of Constantinople, Cécile Morrisson
On the history of German monetary union, Richard H. Tilly
The Latin monetary union revisited once again, Marcello de Cecco
The Scandinavian monetary union 1873-1924, Lars Jonung
The gold standard: a view from the periphery, Pablo Martín-Aceña
The Bretton Woods agreements: a monetary theory perspective, Filippo Cesarano
The European monetary system, Michael Artis
European monetary union. A project of promise and risk, Paul De Grauwe
From the Athenian tetradrachm to the euro: some concluding remarks, Vitor Gaspar
Bibliography
Index.
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