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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

We promote publications in the financial history area and help make current research available.

Social Aims of Finance

Is there good beyond profit?

This publication explores how financial institutions have been founded on aims beyond profit and developed alternative bueisnes goals in order to add value to their services

This compilation rediscovers varieties of credit in financial archives.


Architecture & Finance Vol. 3


Regional Development Banks in the World Economy


Promoting Global Monetary and Financial Stability

As the global organisation of central banks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has played a significant role in the momentous changes the international monetary and financial system has undergone over the past half century. This book offers a key contribution to understanding these changes. It explores the rise of the emerging market economies, the resulting shifts in the governance of the international financial system, and the role of central bank cooperation in this process.

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The Portuguese Escudo Monetary Zone

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the independence of the former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and S. Tomé and Principe, and the establishment of their central banks, Banco do Portugal decided to promote and fund this research project on the inter-territorial payment system that was in place before the independence of these states (the EMZ), as well as on the process of monetary transition after decolonization.



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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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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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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.


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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.