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Architecture & Finance Vol. 3


Making a Modern Central Bank

Making a Modern Central Bank examines a revolution in monetary and economic policy. This authoritative guide explores how the Bank of England shifted its traditional mechanisms to accommodate a newly internationalized financial and economic system.


Deutsche Bank

Since its foundation in March 1870, Deutsche Bank was the main finance institute to support, develop and expand German investment flows and trade relations with the rest of the world. This role has now been evaluated by three distinguished historians. Find your sample chapter as a download below.


Le Crédit agricole

This book explores the development of agricultural credit between 1951 and 2001 in Europe. By analyzing the processes that the Crédit Agricol Mutuel institutions undertook to support farmers who wanted modern and competitive farms, this study explores the importance of participation in “mass banking” for agriculture.

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European Investment in Greece in the Nineteenth Century

Banking historiography often does not sufficiently take into account bankers’ deliberations of their decision making, but rather limits investigation to considerations of profit maximisation. This book shows that the decision-making processes of nineteenth-century bankers contemplating high-risk financial markets like Greece are just as complex as present-day investment decisions.


Central Bank Independence and the Legacy of the German Past

‘Simon Mee has written an outstanding book that probes into how the Bundesbank connected up a particular view of history with interventions in politics as well as economics. He has skilfully uncovered the origins of the German concern with ‘stability culture’.’ Harold James, Princeton University – Chairman of eabh Academic Council


Inflation, Money, Output

The papers collected in this volume reflect on origins of data collection and statistics from an archival perspective. Not all data are the same and it is important to take into consideration by whom they where collected, when and to what purpose when drawing conclusions for research and policy making. A variety of different experts compare their experiences and show novel ways in which these date collections can be used.


History of Financial Institutions

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.

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Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History

With present concerns over the regulation of the banking industry continuing to make headlines, an examination of the historiography of financial crises is timely. With contributions from world-renowned figures such as Niall Ferguson, Adair Turner and William R. White, this volume investigates how financial institutions and markets have undergone or reacted to past pressures; the role of financial innovations in this process; and the regulatory responses that emerged as a result.


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Private Banking in Europe

Analysing the experiences of European private bankers from the early modern period to the early twenty-first century, this book starts by examining the slow emergence of specialist private bankers and culminates in a focus upon the roles that they played, both during the onset of the continent’s industrialization, and in orchestrating the finances of the emerging world economy, followed however by its waning importance with the rise of joint-stock competitors a decade later. The work concludes with the analysis of the revival of private banking in the late twentieth century as a response to the development of a new market – the management of personal wealth.

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Institutional Investors


Legacy of finance

This essay sums up an eabh conference about the so called haute banque which had emerged as an elite or sub-category of private banks in France during the Restauration. These institutions dealt with major international businesses and  also had business with the State. With the beginning of the 20th century their  importance continuously began to decline until it had vanished after World War II. Interestingly, many of those former haute banque houses came back on the scene again at the beginning of the 21st century. How did this happen? And why?


The Critical Function of History in Banking and Finance

The papers gathered in this volume reflect on the importance of the role of history in banking and finance. They offer an opportunity to reflect on the many and multifarious ways in which banking institutions are the products, at the same time, determinants of legal, historical, political, and strategic choices. The papers included dare to ask important questions with no easy answers to them: history matters, but how, where, when and how much needs to be examined very carefully in each and every individual case.