A Financial History of Western Europe by Charles P. Kindleberger

By Charles P. Kindleberger

Publish yr note: First released in 1984 via OUP

This is the 1st historical past of finance - generally outlined to incorporate cash, banking, capital markets, private and non-private finance, foreign transfers and so on. - that covers Western Europe (with an occasional look on the western hemisphere) and part a millennium.

Charles Kindleberger highlights the advance of economic associations to satisfy rising wishes, and the similarities and contrasts within the dealing with of economic difficulties comparable to moving assets from one nation to a different, stimulating funding, or financing warfare and cleansing up the ensuing financial mess. the 1st half the ebook covers cash, banking and finance from 1450 to 1913; the second one bargains in significantly finer aspect with the 20 th century.

This significant paintings casts present matters in old standpoint and throws mild at the interesting, and much from orderly, evolution of economic associations and the administration of economic difficulties. finished, severe and cosmopolitan, this e-book is either a great paintings of reference and crucial studying for all these concerned with the learn and perform of finance, be they monetary historians, monetary specialists, scholarly bankers or scholars of cash and banking.

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With lateen sails, the sailors of Henry the Navigator were able to sail around Cape Bojador and to approach the gold country of the Upper Volta from the coast (Vilar, 1969 [1976], ch. 5). Genoans observed the success of the Portuguese and copied it. By the end of the century Columbus had set off on his voyage into the unknown Atlantic. , p. 63). Small deposits of gold were found in the Caribbean and, on later voyages, in Brazil. The more impressive result was the discovery of rich silver deposits, first in Peru and then in Mexico.

Hoarding was a form of insurance against crop failure; it was rational in a region close to the subsistence level with wide variability in the yield of the harvest, and primitive institutions for consumption loans. Silver moved east by way of the Mediterranean, principally through Venice, but to some extent from Genoa. Some went by the Baltic as Russia sought to acquire specie in the West to enable her to import luxury goods for her own aristocratic consumption-jewelry, richly ornamented arms, and rugs and fabrics woven with gold and silver (Bogucka, 1980, p.

If seignorage is too high, coins may not be accepted and little, if any, bullion will be brought to the mint. If it is too low, nonexistent, or negative, existing or newly minted coins are in danger of being melted down or exported whenever the market price for metal rises even slightly above the mint price. Mercantilism The drain of specie from Europe in the Middle Ages and the resulting shortages of money led to a doctrine favoring measures to safeguard the national money supply that came to be known loosely as mercantilism.

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