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"[A] magnificent history of money and finance."--New York Times Book Review "Convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers."--Financial Times In the aftermath of recent financial crises, it's easy to see finance as a wrecking ball: something that destroys fortunes and jobs, and undermines governments and banks. In Money Changes Everything, leading financial historian William Goetzmann argues the exact opposite--that the development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. Goetzmann explains that finance is a time machine, a technology that allows us to move value forward and backward through time; and that this innovation has changed the very way we think about and plan for the future. He shows how finance was present at key moments in history: driving the invention of writing in ancient Mesopotamia, spurring the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome to become great empires, determining the rise and fall of dynasties in imperial China, and underwriting the trade expeditions that led Europeans to the New World. He also demonstrates how the apparatus we associate with a modern economy--stock markets, lines of credit, complex financial products, and international trade--were repeatedly developed, forgotten, and reinvented over the course of human history. Exploring the critical role of finance over the millennia, and around the world, Goetzmann details how wondrous financial technologies and institutions--money, bonds, banks, corporations, and more--have helped urban centers to expand and cultures to flourish. And it's not done reshaping our lives, as Goetzmann considers the challenges we face in the future, such as how to use the power of finance to care for an aging and expanding population. Money Changes Everything presents a fascinating look into the way that finance has steered the course of history.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii Introduction 1 Part I From Cuneiform to Classical Civilization 15 1 Finance and Writing 19 2 Finance and Urbanism 31 3 Financial Architecture 46 4 Mesopotamian Twilight 65 5 Athenian Finance 73 6 Monetary Revolution 92 7 Roman Finance 103 Part II The Financial Legacy of China 137 8 China's First Financial World 143 9 Unity and Bureaucracy 167 10 Financial Divergence 194 Part III The European Crucible 203 11 The Temple and Finance 207 12 Venice 221 13 Fibonacci and Finance 238 14 Immortal Bonds 249 15 The Discovery of Chance 258 16 Efficient Markets 276 17 Europe, Inc. 289 18 Corporations and Exploration 305 19 A Projecting Age 320 20 A Bubble in France 347 21 According to Hoyle 363 22 Securitization and Debt 382 Part IV The Emergence of Global Markets 401 23 Marx and Markets 405 24 China's Financiers 423 25 The Russian Bear 443 26 Keynes to the Rescue 454 27 The New Financial World 467 28 Re-Engineering the Future 493 29 Post-War Theory 504 Conclusion 519 Notes 523 Bibliography 541 Illustration Credits 555 Index 557

About the Author

William N. Goetzmann is the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management and director of the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management. His books include The Origins of Value: The Financial Innovations that Created the Modern Financial Markets and The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720.

Reviews

Honorable Mention for the 2017 Ralph Gomory Prize, Business History Conference One of Financial Times (FT.com) Best Economics Books of 2016 One of Bloomberg's Best Books of 2016 "It is a fascinating thesis, brilliantly illuminated by scores of vivid examples, generously illustrated with a wealth of pictures, comprehensive in its geographical and temporal scope, and in my view almost entirely convincing."--Felix Martin, New York Times Book Review "In Money Changes Everything, Mr. Goetzmann draws on objects in Yale's extensive historical collections to tell his exciting story... His excitement with such artifacts is palpable."--Edward Chancellor, Wall Street Journal "[A]n accessible survey that does a fine job of reallocating past, present, and future."--Kirkus "Let me say simply that everyone who is curious about the history of finance will be richly rewarded by reading this book."--Linda Jubin, Investing.com "Money Changes Everything is ... A tactile and visual history. It is rich with illustrations, and often reported from ground level as Goetzmann travels to dusty European archives or to sites of historical financial significance... Goetzmann's careful, brick-by-brick approach to financial history convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers."--Pietra Rivoli, Financial Times "In the fallout from the Great Recession, it's been commonplace to vilify those working in the financial-services industry. But Goetzmann argues that finance is a worthwhile endeavor, beyond just earning a ton of money: Its innovations have made the growth of human civilization possible."--Bourree Lam, TheAtlantic.com "Full of fascinating nuggets and extremely well researched."--Tim Harford, Undercover Economist "A remarkable work of synthesis and scholarship, the book affords a deep perspective to anyone trying to grapple with current problems in the role of finance and financial regulation in a civilized society."--Elie Canetti, Finance & Development "Its strength is the effort it makes to set money not only in its economic context, but also in its wider social and cultural setting."--Warwick Lightfoot, Financial World "[A] fascinating book."--Martin Wolf, Financial Times "[A] magnificent history of money and finance."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Money Changes Everything is a treasure, unequalled in scope, unparalleled in depth of insight... This is a must-read for anyone in finance or who wants to find out what it's about."--Financial Post "A most pertinent and brave publication... This hefty, worthy book, really is a historical eye-opener."--David Marx Book Reviews "A panoramic historical sweep packed with interesting nuggets... All very enjoyable, and I'd say essential for anyone interested in financial history."--Enlightened Economist "Money Changes Everything is altogether a splendid book."--Mark Gamin, D&O Diary Blog "Rigorously researched and extremely enjoyable to read, Money Changes Everything enhances investors' understanding of contemporary markets."--Bruce Grantier, Financial Analysts Journal "William Goetzmann's Money Changes Everything is a thorough look at finance and world history, a 5,000-year journey that demonstrates the pivotal role of free market capitalism in building nations and serving human interests."--Washington Free Beacon "Goetzmann offers an extraordinarily wide-ranging and thorough investigation of financial activity from earliest times to the present day, and his enthusiasm for the subject and his lively writing style make the topic much more engaging than one might expect. The immense breadth of his research means that every reader, no matter how expert in history or finance, will learn much... The book has something for everyone."--Peter Acton, Australian Book Review "The book is replete with fascinating historical tales and figures, including an option payoff diagram developed by Henri Lefevre in the mid-1800s. Well-written and engaging, Goetzmann's book is a wonderful resource for those interested in learning more about the historical role of finance and its potential for addressing future challenges."--Choice "Goetzmann weaves his expertise in finance, architecture, archaeology, sinology, and art history into a wonderfully rich tapestry. Goetzmann's enthusiasm for his topic is infectious... Goetzmann has written a wonderfully erudite book in a way which is accessible to a wide audience. This book should be compulsory reading for all finance professionals and anyone with an interest in economics, finance, or history. If you want to understand how money changes everything, then Goeztmann's magnum opus is a must-read."--John D Turner, Economic History Review "This fascinating book rehabilitates finance by examining its 5,000 years of history."--Martin Wolf, Financial Times

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