Finance and Financiers in European History 1880-1960

Finance and Financiers in European History 1880-1960

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Cambridge University Press, 11/26/2010
EAN 9780521893732, ISBN10: 0521893739

Paperback, 462 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

In this major 'state of the art' survey, a highly distinguished team of contributors addresses the complex and crucial role of finance in European history during the period 1880–1960. Throughout the volume a comparative, global perspective is used in the analysis of a problem that may in fact be perceived at four levels. Firstly, the economic: what was the weight of the financial sector in a given economy? Secondly, the social: what was the specific position of the financial élites in society? Thirdly, the political: what was the impact of financial interests in politics? And finally the international: how was Europe's position as the 'world's banker' established, then gradually eroded?. Six European countries (the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland) are singled out for particular attention, and the rise of extra-European centres of financial power (notably USA and Japan) is considered in an extended concluding section. Both subjects and authors are truly international, and Finance and Financiers in European History makes a substantial contribution to an area of economic activity that is returning forcefully to the historical agenda.

1. Introduction
the weight of finance in European societies Y. Cassis
2. Banking and industrialisation
Rondo Cameron twenty years on Sidney Pollard and Dieter Ziegler
Part I. Financial Sector and Economy
3. The domestic commercial banks and the City of London, 1870–1939 P. L. Cottrell
4. Banks and state in France from the 1880s to the 1930s
the impossible advance of the banks Andre Gueslin
5. An overview on the role of the large German banks up to 1914 Richard Tilly
6. Banks and economic development
comments Harold James
Part II. Financial Elites and Society
7. Financial elites and British society, 1880–1950 M. J. Daunton
8. Bankers in French society 1860s–1960s Alain Plessis
9. The banker in German society, 1890 to 1930 Dolores L. Augustine
10. Financial élites and society
comments Jose Harris
Part III. Financial Interests and Politics
11. The influence of the City over British economic policy, c.1880–1960 E. H. H. Green
12. The political influence of bankers and financiers in France in the years 1850–1960 Hubert Bonin
13. Banks and banking in Germany after the First World War
strategies of defence Gerald D. Feldman
14. Banks and bankers in the German interwar depression Harold James
15. Finance and politics
comments M. J. Daunton
Part IV. Finance and Financiers in Smaller European Countries
16. Finance and financiers in Switzerland, 1880–1960 Y. Cassis and Jakob Tanner (with Fabienne Debrunner)
17. Finance and financiers in Belgium, 1880–1940 G. Kurgan vann Hentenryk
18. The political economy of banking
retail banking and corporate finance in Sweden, 1850–1939 Mats Larsson and Hakan Lindgren
Part V. The Rise of Extra-European Financial Centres
19. Money and power
the shift from Great Britain to the United States Kathleen Burk
20. The Yokohama Specie Bank during the period of the restored Gold Standard in Japan (January 1930–December 1931) Hiroaki Yamaziki
21. International financial centres in Asia, the Middle East and Australia
a historical perspective Geoffrey Jones
22. Extra-financial centres
comments Mira Wilkins.