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Money changes everything : how finance made civilization possible

Author: William N Goetzmann
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire : Princeton University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[A] magnificent history of money and finance."--New York Times Book Review“ ; Convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers.”--Financial TimesIn the aftermath of recent financial crises, it's easy to see finance as a wrecking ball: something that destroys fortunes and jobs, and undermines governments and banks. In Money Changes Everything, leading financial historian William Goetzmann  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William N Goetzmann
ISBN: 9781400888719 1400888719
OCLC Number: 992119241
Awards: Short-listed for Bloomberg's Best Books of 2016 2016
Short-listed for "Financial Times" (FT.com) Best Economics Books of 2016 2016
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover ; Title ; Copyright ; CONTENTS ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; PART I FROM CUNEIFORM TO CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION ; 1 Finance and Writing ; 2 Finance and Urbanism ; 3 Financial Architecture ; 4 Mesopotamian Twilight ; 5 Athenian Finance ; 6 Monetary Revolution 7 Roman Finance PART II THE FINANCIAL LEGACY OF CHINA ; 8 China's First Financial World ; 9 Unity and Bureaucracy ; 10 Financial Divergence ; PART III THE EUROPEAN CRUCIBLE ; 11 The Temple and Finance ; 12 Venice ; 13 Fibonacci and Finance ; 14 Immortal Bonds 15 The Discovery of Chance 16 Efficient Markets ; 17 Europe, Inc. ; 18 Corporations and Exploration ; 19 A Projecting Age ; 20 A Bubble in France ; 21 According to Hoyle ; 22 Securitization and Debt ; PART IV THE EMERGENCE OF GLOBAL MARKETS ; 23 Marx and Markets 24 China's Financiers 25 The Russian Bear ; 26 Keynes to the Rescue ; 27 The New Financial World ; 28 Re-Engineering the Future ; 29 Post-War Theory ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Illustration Credits ; Index
Responsibility: William N. Goetzmann ; with a new foreword by the author.

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"[A] magnificent history of money and finance."--New York Times Book Review“ ; Convincingly makes the case that finance is a change-maker of change-makers.”--Financial TimesIn the aftermath of recent financial crises, it's easy to see finance as a wrecking ball: something that destroys fortunes and jobs, and undermines governments and banks. In Money Changes Everything, leading financial historian William Goetzmann argues the exact opposite—that the development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. Goetzmann explains that finance is a time machine, a technology that allows us to move value forward and backward through time; and that this innovation has changed the very way we think about and plan for the future. He shows how finance was present at key moments in history: driving the invention of writing in ancient Mesopotamia, spurring the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome to become great empires, determining the rise and fall of dynasties in imperial China, and underwriting the trade expeditions that led Europeans to the New World. He also demonstrates how the apparatus we associate with a modern economy—stock markets, lines of credit, complex financial products, and international trade—were repeatedly developed, forgotten, and reinvented over the course of human history. Exploring the critical role of finance over the millennia, and around the world, Goetzmann details how wondrous financial technologies and institutions—money, bonds, banks, corporations, and more—have helped urban centers to expand and cultures to flourish. And it's not done reshaping our lives, as Goetzmann considers the challenges we face in the future, such as how to use the power of finance to care for an aging and expanding population.  Money Changes Everything presents a fascinating look into the way that finance has steered the course of history.

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