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History of Financial Institutions

New York. 2016

Globalization is not an external force but a result of concrete business decisions made by millions of entrepreneurs and managers across the world. As such, the modern corporation has completely altered the economic landscape; business and finance have shaped the international order of the modern world.

History of Financial Institutions contributes to the analysis of how the modern corporation, business and finance have shaped and keep on shaping our world. In a collection of nine succinct essays, this volume looks at the role of finance in European history from the beginning of the 19th century to the period after the Second World War.

Table of contents

  • Gerald D. Feldman: an appreciation (Jeffrey Fear)
  • Starting from scratch? The beginnings of Banca Commerciale Italiana: 1893–1894 (Peter Hertner)
  • Jewish financiers in the City of London: reality and rhetoric, 1830–1914 (Randal Michie)
  • The financial culture of the Habsburg Monarchy at the end of the 19th century (Dieter Stiefel)
  • French banks and public opinion: the public’s negative perception of the French banking establishment (from the 1800s to the 1950s) (Hubert Bonin)
  • ‘Many a slip between cup and lip’: initiating Austrian stabilisation, 1922–1923 (Phil L. Cottrell)
  • Why were there no investment trusts in Germany? An analysis of an anomaly in the German financial industry from 1870 to 1957 (Martin L. Müller)
  • Comradery, the joys of work, and the struggle to improve performance: Creditanstalt–Bankverein’s corporate newspaper, Gemeinschaft, 1939–1943 (Ulrike Zimmerl)
  • A non-neutral, non-belligerent country: Portugal during the Second World War from a financial viewpoint (Nuno Valério)


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