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.
1. Introduction PART ONE: MONEY Introduction to Part One 2. The evolution of money in Western Europe 3. Bank Money 4. Bimetallism and the emergence of Gold Standard PART TWO: BANKING Introduction to Part Two 5. English and Scottish Banking 6. French Banking 7. German Banking 8. Italian and Spanish Banking PART THREE: 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 FOUR: 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 1930s PART FIVE: 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
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