The Venetian Money Market: Banks, Panics, and the Public Debt, 1200-1500

The Venetian Money Market: Banks, Panics, and the Public Debt, 1200-1500

by Reinhold C. Mueller

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Overview

Originally published in 1997. In 1985 Frederic C. Lane and Reinhold C. Mueller published the magisterial Money and Banking in Medieval and Renaissance Venice, volume 1: Coins and Moneys of Account. Now, after ten years of further research and writing, Reinhold Mueller completes the work that he and the late Frederic Lane began. The history of money and banking in Venice is crucial to an understanding of European economic history. Because of its strategic location between East and West, Venice rapidly rose to a position of preeminence in Mediterranean trade. To keep trade moving from London to Constantinople and beyond, Venetian merchants and bankers created specialized financial institutions to serve private entrepreneurs and public administrators: deposit banks, foreign exchange banks, a grain office, and a bureau of the public debt. This new book clarifies Venice's pivotal role in Italian and international banking and finance. It also sets banking—and panics—in the context of more generalized and recurrent crises involving territorial wars, competition for markets, and debates over interest rates and the question of usury.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421431437
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2019
Pages: 746
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.52(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Reinhold C. Mueller is associate professor of history at the University of Venice, Italy. He is co-author, with Frederic C. Lane, of Money and Banking in Medieval and Renaissance Venice and author of numerous studies on Venetian social and economic history.

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"I cannot emphasize enough the originality of this research for Italian studies in general as well as its painstaking and virtuoso qualities. The book will stand as the unavoidable model for the scholars who eventually do the history of banking and the public debt in other major commercial capitals."

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"I cannot emphasize enough the originality of this research for Italian studies in general as well as its painstaking and virtuoso qualities. The book will stand as the unavoidable model for the scholars who eventually do the history of banking and the public debt in other major commercial capitals."

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