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History of Financial Institutions Essays on the history of European finance, 1800–1950

Edited By Carmen Hofmann, Martin L. Müller Copyright 2017
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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. Archivists and financial historians, who are also leading scholars of banking and financial history, investigate the ways in which the international post-war order developed. They draw on often hitherto unused archival sources from central banks and other institutions to reveal the unique histories of a variety of European countries and the paths that have led to the contemporary economic and financial system. The collection includes reflections on (monetary) stabilization, inflation, hyperinflation, globalization and public relations in banking and commerce.

    This book is essential reading for banking and finance executives, as well as policy makers with a historical interest. It will also be of importance to academics with a particular interest in economic history, financial or banking history, and European history.

    Table of Contents



    Notes on Contributors


    1. Jeffrey Fear (Glasgow University)
    2. Gerald D. Feldman: An appreciation.


    3. Peter Hertner (Marthin Luther University Halle Wittenberg)
    4. Starting from scratch? The beginnings of Banca Commerciale Italiana 1893 – 1894.


    5. Randal Michie (University of Durham)
    6. Jewish financiers in the City of London: Reality and rhetoric, 1830 – 1914.


    7. Dieter Stiefel (University of Vienna)
    8. The financial culture of the Habsburg Monarchy at the end of the 19th century.


    9. Hubert Bonin (Science Po Bordeaux)
    10. French banks and public opinion. The public’s negative perception of the French banking establishment (from the 1800s to the 1950s).


    11. Phil Cottrell (University of Leicester)
    12. Many a slip between cup and lip’: initiating Austrian stabilisation, 1922-1923.


    13. Martin L. Müller (Deutsche Bank)
    14. Why were there no investment trusts in Germany? An analysis of an anomaly in the German financial industry from 1870 to 1957.


    15. Ulrike Zimmerl (Bank Austria – UniCredit)
    16. Comradery, the joys of work, and the struggle to improve performance Creditanstalt-Bankverein’s corporate newspaper ‘Gemeinschaft’, 1939-1943. 


    17. Nuno Valério (Lisbon School of Economics and Management, ISEG)

              A non-neutral, non- belligerent country: Portugal during World War II. From a financial viewpoint.


    Carmen Hofmann is Secretary General of eabh (The European Association for Banking and Financial History e.V.), Germany.

    Martin L. Müller is Director of the Historical Institute of Deutsche Bank and chairman of the German Association of Business Archivists (VdW), Germany.

    eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics. Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh. eabh places current challenges of the financial sector into a historical context. Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers. To this end eabh promotes archives, organizes workshops, conferences and trainings and publishes in-house and in cooperation with renowned publishers.