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Double entry : how the merchants of Venice created modern finance

Author: Jane Gleeson-White
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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“Lively history. . . . Show(s) double entry?s role in the creation of the accounting profession, and even of capitalism itself.”?The New Yorker Filled with colorful characters and history, Double Entry takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012021100
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Gleeson-White
ISBN: 1283363259 9781283363259 9780393089684 0393089681
OCLC Number: 892991289
Description: 1 online resource (294 pages)
Contents: Accounting: our first communications technology --
Merchants and mathematics --
Luca Pacioli: from Sansepolcro to celebrity --
Pacioli's landmark bookkeeping treatise of 1494 --
Venetian double entry goes viral --
Double entry morphs: the industrial revolution and the birth of a profession --
Double entry and capitalism; chicken and egg? --
John Maynard Keynes, double entry and the wealth of nations --
The rise and scandalous rise of a profession --
Gross domestic product and how accounting could make or break the planet.
Responsibility: Jane Gleeson-White.

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“Lively history. . . . Show(s) double entry?s role in the creation of the accounting profession, and even of capitalism itself.”?The New Yorker Filled with colorful characters and history, Double Entry takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the worth of their businesses. Luca Pacioli?monk, mathematician, alchemist, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci?incorporated Arabic mathematics to formulate a system that could work across all trades and nations. As Jane Gleeson-White reveals, double-entry accounting was nothing short of revolutionary: it fueled the Renaissance, enabled capitalism to flourish, and created the global economy. John Maynard Keynes would use it to calculate GDP, the measure of a nation?s wealth. Yet double-entry accounting has had its failures. With the costs of sudden corporate collapses such as Enron and Lehman Brothers, and its disregard of environmental and human costs, the time may have come to re-create it for the future.

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