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A Financial History of Western Europe by Charles P. Kindleberger

By Charles P. Kindleberger

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1984 through OUP

This is the 1st background of finance - greatly outlined to incorporate funds, banking, capital markets, private and non-private finance, overseas transfers and so forth. - that covers Western Europe (with an occasional look on the western hemisphere) and part a millennium.

Charles Kindleberger highlights the advance of economic associations to satisfy rising wishes, and the similarities and contrasts within the dealing with of monetary difficulties similar to moving assets from one state to a different, stimulating funding, or financing struggle and cleansing up the ensuing financial mess. the 1st 1/2 the booklet covers funds, banking and finance from 1450 to 1913; the second one offers in significantly finer aspect with the 20th century.

This significant paintings casts present matters in historic viewpoint and throws mild at the attention-grabbing, and much from orderly, evolution of economic associations and the administration of economic difficulties. finished, severe and cosmopolitan, this booklet is either an exceptional paintings of reference and crucial analyzing for all these fascinated by the learn and perform of finance, be they fiscal historians, monetary specialists, scholarly bankers or scholars of cash and banking.

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While silver was the standard money throughout most of the medieval period to early modern times, other metals also served. Copper was adopted as the basis of money in Sweden in 1625, a country in which the government was part-owner of the largest copper mine in Europe, Stora Kopperberg. Worth only one-hundredth the value of silver it was unsatisfactory for ordinary payments because of their great weight. While burglars could not steal the money because they could not carry it, wagons were needed for ordinary payments (Heckscher, 1954, pp.

Away. Full exploitation of Potosi awaited the 1563 discovery at Huancavelica in Peru of mercury needed to refine silver. This produced more than half the mercury needed at Potosi, the rest being brought from Almaden in Spain, mines pledged to the Fuggers in the sixteenth century as a gage against loans, and worked by the Rothschilds in the nineteenth (Ehrenberg, 1896 [1928], p. 337). Rounding up the labor for Potosi was a formidable task, calling even for enslavement of local Indians. Population around the mines rose from 45,000 in 1555 to 120,000 in 1585 and 160,000 in 1610.

19-34) deals with the early development of money in Europe, money initially in the form of coins, later of bank notes and bank deposits. The story is one of continuous innovation in order better to discharge the functions for which money was required-a standard by which to measure values and a mechanism for conducting trade without the cumbersome and inefficient device of barter. Evolution proceeded along several lines at the same time, devices to make money recognizable in quality and quantity without the need for elaborate testing and counting, to economize on its use where that was expensive because of the cost of guarding and transporting it.

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