The State, the Financial System and Economic Modernization

The State, the Financial System and Economic Modernization

by Richard Sylla, Richard Tilly, Gabriel Tortella
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521037980

ISBN-13: 9780521037983

Pub. Date: 07/19/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

With chapters focusing on a number of European countries, as well as North and South America, and covering approximately 150 years of development, this book demonstrates the key role that finance has played in economic change. Thanks to the variety of countries studied, it is shown that financial systems did not develop uniformly; on the contrary, divergent systems…  See more details below

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With chapters focusing on a number of European countries, as well as North and South America, and covering approximately 150 years of development, this book demonstrates the key role that finance has played in economic change. Thanks to the variety of countries studied, it is shown that financial systems did not develop uniformly; on the contrary, divergent systems came into being and persisted. Insights into the primacy of the state's role in the financial development of the pre-industrial era have not carried over into the historiography of the industrial era itself, so never before have the insights developed here been brought together in a systematic manner. The aim is to demonstrate through comparative historical analysis the richness of the history of modern financial systems, and to restore the state to its primary role in the shaping of those systems. The book makes a unique contribution to financial historiography, and thus will be of interest to economists and to financial, economic and world historians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521037983
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface
1Introduction: comparative historical perspectives1
2Politics and banking in revolutionary and Napoleonic France20
3Belgian banking in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: the Societe Generale and the Generale de Banque (1822-1997)53
4Banking liberalization in England and Wales, 1826-184475
5Banking in Europe in the nineteenth century: the role of the central bank118
6Public policy, capital markets and the supply of industrial finance in nineteenth-century Germany134
7The role of banks and government in Spanish economic development, 1850-1935158
8Central banking and German-style mixed banking in Italy, 1893/5-1914: from coexistence to cooperation182
9State power and finance in Russia, 1802-1917: the Credit Office of the Finance Ministry and governmental control over credit institutions210
10The origins of banking in Argentina224
11Shaping the US financial system, 1690-1913: the dominant role of public finance249
12Cosmopolitan finance in the 1920s: New York's emergence as an international financial centre271
Index292

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