This book sheds new light on the role played by European banks in the economic colonization of much of the globe. Based on previously unused archival material, it examines the origins and development of imperial banking systems. Contributors utilize new developments and methodology in business history to explore a broad range of countries including Cuba, Brazil, Portugal, South Africa and Algeria.
The central topic of interest in this book is the institutional history of central, issuing and rediscounting banks. While much attention has been paid to the British, Dutch and French banks and financial instituions, this book is unique in its focus on colonial and overseas banking. Using a range of case studies, this book highlights both the immense variety and cohesion that defined colonial banking practices.
This book will be of interest to researchers concerned with international finance and banking and economic history.
Table of Contents
Part I. Overall Issues 1.Issues about European colonial and imperial banking: Varieties of cultures, models and histories, Hubert Bonin and Nuno Valério Part II. Colonial banking: From Latin America to Africa 2. Colonial banking, one model, two histories: Cuba and Puerto Rico before the independence, Pablo Martín-Aceña and Ines Roldán de Montaud 3.Foreign direct investment in imperial Brazil and the activities of British and Portuguese banks. Colonial banking versus imperial banking?, Carlos Gabriel Guimarães 4. Dutch colonial and imperial banking: Different ways of entry and exit, Piet Geljon and Ton de Graaf 5. Strategies for market monopolisation: The Register of Co-operation and the ‘imperial banks’ in South Africa in the 1920s-1980s, Grietjie Verhoef 6. From colonial and imperial banking to independent banking: A dialectical perspective of the evolution of Angola, Nuno Valério and Palmira Tjipilica Part III. French colonial banking 7. Imperial Banking in French North Africa: Banque de l’Algérie et de la Tunisie (1851-1963), Samir Saul 8.Parisian banking networks and the empire: Measuring the influence of "imperial" bankers, Hubert Bonin 9. Conclusive remarks Colonial Banking, Imperial Banking, Overseas Banking, Imperialist Banking: Convergences, Osmosis, and Differentiation
Hubert Bonin is a researcher at the GREThA Research Institute, Bordeaux University, and at Sciences Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
Nuno Val é rio is Full Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.