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A Financial History of Western Europe


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1: Introduction Chronologies PART I: MONEY 2: The Evolution of Money in Western Europe 3: Bank Money 4: Bimetallism and the Emergence of the Gold Standard PART II: BANKING Introduction to Part II 5: English and Scottish Banking 6: French Banking 7: German Banking 8: Italian and Spanish Banking PART III: 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 IV: 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 1930's PART V: 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 25: Europe in the World Financial System Glossary Conversion Tables--Equivalences and Exchange Rates for Specified Coins and Currencies at Specified Dates Bibliography Index

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Charles P. Kindleberger has written many influential books in economics over the past 60 years, the most recent of which are: Economic Laws and Economic History (1990), Historical Economics: Art of Science? (1990), and Mariners and Markets (1992).


"The most important part of the revision [in this second edition] is in extending the treatment to cover much of the experience of the last 10 years of European monetary integration....Full of ideas and fascinating information. It is a lively cocktail that has proved immensely popular with both undergraduate and graduate students and also with others who simply want to be acquainted quickly with some aspect of European monetary and financial history. It is written in the felicitous style for which Kindleberger has become noted. This edition will prove to be as successful as its predecessor." --Economic Affairs "The best text available on the financial history of Western Europe. I find it fascinating to read a couple of pages and learn something new."--Philip Coelho, Ball State University "Excellent history, only one in the field."--Eugene White, Rutgers University Praise for the first edition: "An astonishing achievement....A work of a vast range of topics...written with clarity, subtlety, and derived from sources in French, English, and German....A book anyone even pretending to a knowledge of monetary history must have."--Journal of Economic History "Will end up on many undergraduate reading lists, whilst its extensive bibliography will prove a boon to [those] working their way into the field."--Economic History Review "A splendid book....It reads like Professor Kindleberger talking--which is surely high praise."--The World Economy

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