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Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

Published by EH.Net (September 2014) Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.  xi + 570 pp. $35 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-691-15524-1. Reviewed for EH.Net by Hugh Rockoff, Department of Economics, Rutgers University. Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. […]

From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance

Published by EH.Net (February 2019) Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin, From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. xii + 401 pp. $35 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-4426-1625-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Hugh Rockoff, Department of Economics, Rutgers University.   Why did the Canadian […]

The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History

Published by EH.Net (July 2017) Youssef Cassis, Richard S. Grossman, and Catherine R. Schenk, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. xviii + 537 pp., $160 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-19-965862-6. Reviewed for EH.Net by Larry Neal, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (emeritus). The global financial crisis […]

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

Published by EH.Net (October 2016) Matt Ridley, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. New York: HarperCollins, 2015. 360 pp. $29 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-06-229600-9. Reviewed for EH.Net by Philip R.P. Coelho, Department of Economics, Ball State University. This is a well-written and informative book; it consists of a prologue, sixteen chapters, an epilogue and […]

The Engine of Enterprise: Credit in America

Published by EH.Net (February 2016) Rowena Olegario, The Engine of Enterprise: Credit in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. v + 301 pp. $40 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-674-05114-0. Reviewed for EH.Net by Robert E. Wright, Thomas Willing Institute, Augustana University. Rest assured that I did not judge this book by its cover, ugly as the 1940 […]

Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present

Published by EH.Net (November 2014) Sara Hsu, Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013. v + 178 pp. $100 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-85793-342-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by David C. Wheelock, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present, Sara Hsu of the State University of New York, […]

Antebellum Banking in the United States

Howard Bodenhorn, Lafayette College The first legitimate commercial bank in the United States was the Bank of North America founded in 1781. Encouraged by Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris persuaded the Continental Congress to charter the bank, which loaned to the cash-strapped Revolutionary government as well as private citizens, mostly Philadelphia merchants. The possibilities of commercial […]

Monetary Unions

Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California at Santa Barbara Monetary tradition has long assumed that, in principle, each sovereign state issues and manages its own exclusive currency. In practice, however, there have always been exceptions — countries that elected to join together in a monetary union of some kind. Not all monetary unions have stood […]

Antebellum Banking in the United States

Howard Bodenhorn, Lafayette College The first legitimate commercial bank in the United States was the Bank of North America founded in 1781. Encouraged by Alexander Hamilton, Robert Morris persuaded the Continental Congress to charter the bank, which loaned to the cash-strapped Revolutionary government as well as private citizens, mostly Philadelphia merchants. The possibilities of commercial […]