A History of Credit and Power in the Western World
AUTHOR: MacDonald, Scott B. and Gastmann, Albert L.
PUBLISHER: Transaction Publishers
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The end of the Cold War put the planet on a new track, abruptly replacing the familiar world of bipolarity, red phones, and intercontinental ballistic missiles with the strange new world of the Internet, e-commerce, and Palm Pilots. The "New World Order" was defined by the first U.S.-led war against Iraq, bloody ethnic strife in Bosnia and Rwanda, and religious turmoil in Central Asia. This evolving global system, however, overlooked the powerful role of credit, which functions as a critical building block for developing greater national and individual wealth.
This volume examines the evolution of credit in the Western world and its relationship to power. Spanning several centuries of human endeavor, it focuses on Western Europe and the United States and also considers how the Western system became the global credit system. Now available in paperback, A History of Credit and Power in the Western World is a highly accessible, innovative and well-written volume that will engage historians and economists alike.
PUBLICATION DATE: 7/5/2001
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Social Science