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Crises and Opportunities

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Table of Contents

Foreword ; Introduction ; 1. Pre-War Crises ; 2. Post-War Crises ; 3. Banks ; 4. Governance ; 5. Regulation ; 6. International Cooperation ; 7. Balance of Power ; Conclusion

About the Author

Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History at the University of Geneva and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work mainly focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His numerous publications on the subject include City Bankers, 1890-1914 (1994), Big Business: The European Experience in the Twentieth Century (1997), and Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005 (2006).


If the financial crisis has a silver lining, it is that it has heightened appreciation of the importance of financial history. In this book Youssef Cassis, our preeminent historian of banking and finance, illustrates why this is the case. Newcomers will find an accessible introduction to the history of financial crises, while specialists will find much that is new and novel. Recommended to both. * Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science University of California, Berkeley * This is a book on the financial crisis that is both timely and judicious. His sure historical grasp gives Youssef Cassis a unique insight into the links between financial crises and major shifts in regulatory and governance structures. * Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Studies, Princeton University * Youssef Cassis attempts to describe and explain the nature of modern bank crises: what creates them, why they happen and how they are resolved. This is a challenging subject for any study, and Cassis effortlessly carries it off ... The book greatly aids our understanding of financial crises. * Joel Campbell, International Affairs *

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