A History of Credit and Power in the Western World / Edition 1

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Overview

The end of the Cold War put the planet on a new track, abruptly replacing the familiar world of bipolarity, red phones, and intercontinental ballistic missiles with the strange new world of the Internet, e-commerce, and Palm Pilots. The "New World Order" was defined by the first U.S.-led war against Iraq, bloody ethnic strife in Bosnia and Rwanda, and religious turmoil in Central Asia. This evolving global system, however, overlooked the powerful role of credit, which functions as a critical building block for developing greater national and individual wealth.

This volume examines the evolution of credit in the Western world and its relationship to power. Spanning several centuries of human endeavor, it focuses on Western Europe and the United States and also considers how the Western system became the global credit system. Now available in paperback, A History of Credit and Power in the Western World is a highly accessible, innovative and well-written volume that will engage historians and economists alike.

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"In their depiction of the rise and subsequent eclipsing of each of those financial centers, the authors note recurring themes: economic growth tends to be associated with innovation in credit instruments in a mutually reinforcing relationship; an environment of political stability, law and order, and respect for private property is needed for development of financial institutions; and operations of Western credit systems are subject to instability and periodic rises. Description of consumer access to credit and discussion of globalization of international financial markets conclude the volume."

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"MacDonald and Gastmann's very fine book could not have come at a better time to explain the important historical symbiotic relationship between power and credit. It would be invaluable to anyone who seeks a better understanding of the financial markets' reactions to historical and current global political and economic events."

– Robert Windorf, KWR International Advisor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765800855
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert L. Gastmann taught political science, international law, comparative government, international politics, and Caribbean and Latin American politics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Scott B. MacDonald is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Research at MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC , based in Stamford, Connecticut. He has also held positions at Aladdin Capital Holdings, KWR international, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. In addition to these positions, he was an adjunct professor in Political Science at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus. His numerous books include European Destiny, Atlantic Transformations; A History of Credit and Power in the Western World; and Asia’s Rise in the 21st Century.

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