The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History
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Youssef Cassis
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The financial crisis of 2008 aroused widespread interest in banking and financial history. Contributions to this volume analyse banking and financial history in a long-term comparative perspective. Lessons drawn from these analyses may well help future generations of policy makers avoid a repeat of the financial turbulence that erupted in 2008.
1 Youssef Cassis, Richard Grossman, and Catherine Schenk: General Introduction; Part I: Thematic issues; 2 Youssef Cassis: Financial History and History; 3 John Turner: Financial History and Financial Economics; 4 Gerard Caprio: Finance and Economic Development; Part II: Financial Institutions; 5 Youssef Cassis: Private Banks and Private Banking; 6 Gerarda Westerhuis: Commercial Banking; 7 Caroline Fohlin: Investment Banking; 8 Chris Kobrak: From Multinational to Transnational Banking; 9 Dan Wadhwani: Small-scale Credit Institutions; Part III: Financial Markets; 10 Stefano Battilossi: Money Markets; 11 Ranald Michie: Securities Markets; 12 Moritz Schularick: International Capital Flows; 13 Youssef Cassis: Financial Centres; Part IV: Financial Regulation; 14 Angela Redish: Monetary Systems; 15 Forrest Capie: Central Banks; 16 Harold James: International Financial Cooperation; 17 Catherine Schenk: Regulation and Deregulation; 18 Laure Quennouelle-Corre: State and Finance; Part V: Financial Crises; 19 Richard Grossman: Banking Crises; 20 Peter Temin: Currency Crises; 21 Juan Flores: Sovereign Debt Defaults
The financial crisis of 2008 aroused widespread interest in banking and financial history among policy makers, academics, journalists, and even bankers, in addition to the wider public. References in the press to the term 'Great Depression' spiked after the failure of Lehman Brothers in November 2008, with similar surges in references to 'economic history' at various times during the financial turbulence.
In an attempt to better understand the magnitude of the shock, there was a demand for historical parallels. How severe was the financial crash? Was it, in fact, the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression? Were its causes unique or part of a well-known historical pattern? And have financial crises always led to severe depressions?

Historical reflection on the recent financial crises and the long-term development of the financial system go hand in hand. This volume provides the material for such a reflection by presenting the state of the art in banking and financial history. Nineteen highly regarded experts present chapters on the economic and financial side of banking and financial activities, primarily though not solely in advanced economies, in a long-term comparative perspective. In addition to paying attention to
general issues, not least those related to theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline, the volume approaches the banking and financial world from four distinct but interrelated angles: financial institutions, financial markets, financial regulation, and financial crises.