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Beggar thy neighbor : a history of usury and debt

Author: Charles R Geisst
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Beggar Thy Neighbor, financial historian Charles R. Geisst tracks the changing perceptions of usury and debt from the time of Cicero to the most recent financial crises. This comprehensive economic history looks at humanity's attempts to curb the abuse of debt while reaping the benefits of credit. Beggar Thy Neighbor examines the major debt revolutions of the past, demonstrating that extensive leverage and debt  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles R Geisst
ISBN: 9780812244625 0812244621
OCLC Number: 794624819
Description: vi, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Saints and sinners --
Embracing Shylock --
Protestants, war, and capitalism --
The great experiment --
The new debt revolution --
Something old, something new --
Islam, interest, and microlending --
The consumer debt revolution --
Appendix: Early interest rate tables and calculations.
Responsibility: Charles R. Geisst.

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From the Roman Empire to the most recent financial crisis, this comprehensive economic history examines humanity's attempts to curb the abuse of debt while reaping the benefits of credit.  Read more...

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