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The Evolution of Financial Institutions and Markets in Twentieth Century Europe

The 1980es witnessed widespread deregulation in major international financial centres and an increased globalization of financial activities. This was one of the first books to place in its historical perspective the question of the relationship between finance and the real economy. A wide range of institutions and markets is covered, including central, commercial, savings and investment banks, stock markets and other capital markets. The book will appeal to economic historians as well as to economists and financial analysts.

  • The Bank of France from the early 20thCentury to the 1950s (Alain Plessis)
  • Banking Crises and Lenders of Last Resort: Denmark in the 1920s and the 1990s (Per H. Hansen)
  • Commercial Banks in Belgium, 1935-90 (Ginette Kurgan-van Hentenryk)
  • Commercial Banks in the 20thCentury Switzerland (Youssef Cassis)
  • Phases in the Development of the Norwegian Banking System, 1880-1980 (Sverre Knutsen)
  • Overcoming Institutional Barriers: Financial Networks in Sweden, 1910-90 (Mats Larsson)
  • German Savings Banks as Instruments of Regional Development up to the Second World War (Paul Thomes)
  • The National Saving Banks as an Instrument of Economic Policy: Portugal in the Interwar Period (Jaime Reis)
  • Spoilt for Choice? Banking Concentration and the Structure of the Dutch Capital Market. 1900-40 (Joost Jonker)
  • The New Issue Market as a Source of Finance for the UK Brewing and Iron and Steel Industries, 1870-1913 (Katherine Watson)
  • Bankenmacht: Universal Banking and German Industry in Historical Perspective (Harald Wixforth and Dieter Ziegler)
  • Information, Collateral and British Bank Lending in the 1930s (Duncan M. Ross)
  • Finance in the Regions: The Case of England after 1945 (Francesca Carnevali)
  • Banks and Small Enterprises in France (Michel Lescure)

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The House of Rothschild in Spain

Amongst the serried ranks of capitalists who drove European industrialisation in the nineteenth century, the Rothschilds were amongst the most dynamic and the most successful. Establishing businesses in Germany, Britain, France, Austria, and Italy they played a major role in fuelling economic and industrial development across Europe, providing capital for major projects, particularly in the mining and railway sectors. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Spain. Yet, despite the undoubted importance of the Rothschild’s role, questions remain regarding the actual impact of their financial activities and the effect they had on financial sectors, companies and Spanish markets. It is to such questions that this book turns its attention, utilizing a host of archive sources in Britain, France and Spain.

  • Early Contacts and Failed Attempts to Set Up in Spain, 1812-1833
  • Liberalism, Corruption and War Finances, 1833-1840
  • The Contradictions of Peace: Financial Problems of the State and the First Moves towards Modernity, 1840-1855
  • Financing the Railways
  • Years of Financial Euphoria and Crisis, 1856-1868
  • The Great Operations of the Sexenio
  • The Rothschilds’ Waning lmportance in Public Finances, 1874-1900
  • The Industrial Investments, 1874-1913
  • The First Symptoms of the End of an Investment Model
  • The Slow Journey towards the End of the Rothschild Investments in Spain
  • Fundamentals of the Rothschilds’ Activities in Spain
  • The Consequences of the Rothschild Years, 1812-1941

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The Human Factor in Banking History

The book examines the role of entrepreneurship and business administration in the development of banks, thesocial parameters that define issues in question, the shaping of the basic variables that effect the personnel’s contribution to the performance of enterprises and, finally, the importance of various organisational models and their alternation in the operation of banking institutions.

 

  • From Riches to Rags to Riches in One Generation: Management and Mismanagement in the Early Years of the Banco Central of Madrid, 1920 – 1945 (Gabriel Tortella Casares)
  • Project Finance and the Archives of Entrepreneurship. The Channel Tunnel (Terry Gourvish)
  • ‘Ephors’ from Growth to Governance. How Modern Theories are Reshaping Historians’ Views of the Economic Functions of Bankers (Stefano Battilossi)
  • The Greek Banking System in the 20th Century (Kostas Kostis)
  • Structure Charts. The Missing Link (Francesca Pino)
  • Disjunctive Sets? Business and Banking History (Mira Wilkins)
  • The Social Origins of Bank Managers (Ginette Kurgan-van Hentenryk)
  • The Twentieth Century Transformation of Banking and its Effect on Management Training for Bankers (Leslie Hannah)
  • The Employees of the Bank of Portugal, 1846-1914. A Case of an Internal Labour Market (Jaime Reis)
  • Archives’ Policies towards Personnel Records (Roger Nougaret)
  • Married to the Bank. Wives and Families in the History of HSBC (Edwin Green)
  • Is the Sun Setting on Banking History as we have Known and Practised it? (Gerald D. Feldman)

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The Paradise Bank: The Mercantile Bank of India, 1893-1984

The Mercantile Bank of India was one of a small band of British-managed banks which dominated Anglo-Eastern finance for most of the 20th century. Founded in London in 1893, the Mercantile inherited the business, branches, staff and even the distinctive cable address – Paradise, London – of its forerunner the Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China. Although the Mercantile Bank was fully absorbed in 1984 by the Hongkong Bank (now part of the HSBC Group), its history, business and personnel remained an important thread in the traditions of the enlarged group. This history deploys the extensive and colourful archives of the Mercantile Bank, together with the memoirs of former officials and their families. The book is plentifully illustrated from the photograph collections of the Mercantile Bank and former members of its staff.

  • Reprise, 1853-93
  • Rehabilitation 1893-1913
  • Resurgence, 1913-23
  • Resilience, 1923-35
  • Ready or not, 1935-47
  • Realignment, 1947-57
  • Reckoning, 1957-66
  • Removals, 1966-84
  • Review, 1893-1984

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The World of Private Banking

This is a full and authoritative account of the history of private banking, beginning with its development in conjunction with the world markets served by and centred on a few European cities, notably Amsterdam and London. These banks were usually partnerships, a form of organization which persisted as the role of private banking changed in response to the political and economic transformations of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was in this period, and the succeeding Golden Age of private banking from 1815 to the 1870s, that many of the great names this book treats rose to fame. The last parts of this study detail the way in which private banking adapted to the age of the corporate economy from the 1870s to the 1930s, the decline during and after the Great Depression and the post-war renaissance. It concludes with an appraisal of the causes and consequences of the modern expansion of private banking.

  • The Rise of the Rothschilds: The Family Firm as Multinational (Niall Ferguson)
  • The Rothschild Archive (Victor Gray and Melanie Aspey)
  • Private Banking and the onset of the Corporate Economy (Youssef Cassis)
  • London´s First “Big Bang”? Institutional Change in the City, 1855-83 (Philip L. Cottrell)
  • Banking and Family Archives (Fiona Maccoll)
  • The Anglo-American Houses in the Nineteenth Century (Edwin J. Perkins)
  • The Parisian “Haute Banque” and the International Economy in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Alain Plessis)
  • Private Banks and International Finance in the Light of Archives of Baring Brothers (John Orbell)
  • German Private Banks and German Industry, 1830-1938 (Dieter Ziegler)
  • Private Bankers and Italian Industrialisation (Luciano Segreto)
  • Private Banks and Industry in the Light of the Archives of Bank Sal. Oppenheim&Cie., Cologne (Gabriele Teichmann)
  • Jewish Private Banks (Ginette Kurgan-van Hentenryk)
  • Protestant Banking (Martin Körner)
  • Private Bankers and Philanthropy: The City of London, 1880s-1920s (Pat Thane)
  • Hereditary Calling, Inherited Refinement: The Private Bankers of the City of London, 1914-86 (David Kynaston)

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