The State, the Financial System and Economic Modernization / Edition 1

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By looking at a wide range of industrialized economies, including England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Argentina, the United States, and "late developers" such as Russia, this book aims to show how important the state was in the development of financial systems. It examines the various factors that contributed to the emergence of diverse financial systems, and through comparative historical analysis draws together general themes, such as the inter-country differences in the mix of public and private finance, to produce a book that makes an unique contribution to financial and economic history.

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"...this book will be a useful reference both for established scholars and for students in search of research topics in the political economy of banking from a historical perspective." EH.NET
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521591232
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction: comparative historical perspectives Richard Sylla, Richard Tilly and Gabriel Tortella; 2. Politics and banking in revolutionary and Napoleonic France François Crouzet; 3. Belgian banking in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the Société Générale and the Générale de Banque (1822–1997) Herman van der Wee and Monique van der Wee-Verbreyt; 4. Banking liberalization in England and Wales, 1826–1844 P. L. Cottrell and Lucy Newton; 5. Banking in Europe in the nineteenth century: the role of the central bank Forrest Capie; 6. Public policy, capital markets and the supply of industrial finance in nineteenth-century Germany Richard Tilly; 7. The role of banks and government in Spanish economic development, 1850–1935 Gabriel Tortella; 8. Central banking and German-style mixed banking in Italy, 1893/5–1914: from coexistence to cooperation Peter Hertner; 9. State power and finance in Russia, 1802–1917: the Credit Office of the Finance Ministry and governmental control over credit institutions Boris Anan'ich; 10. The origins of banking in Argentina Roberto Cortés Conde; 11. Shaping the US financial system, 1690–1913: the dominant role of public finance Richard Sylla; 12. Cosmopolitan finance in the 1920s: New York's emergence as an international financial centre Mira Wilkins; Index.

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