Men, Women, And Money: Perspectives On Gender, Wealth, And Investment 1850-1930

Hardcover | May 28, 2011

EditorDavid R. Green, Josephine Maltby, Alastair Owens

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The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed significant developments in the structure, organization, and expansion of financial markets and opportunities for investment in Britain and its empire. But very little is known about how men and women engaged with these markets andwith new opportunities for money-making. In what ways did the composition of personal fortunes alter in response to these developments? How did individuals make use of new financial opportunities to further their own priorities and ensure their families' well-being? What choices of securities didthey make, and how did these reflect their attitudes to investment risk? What were the implications of a rapidly growing investor population for corporate governance and the regulation of markets? How significant is gender in understanding new patterns of wealth holding and investment? This interdisciplinary book brings together a range of leading international scholars to answer these questions and to develop important new research agendas. Foremost among these is a concern for gender, with several of the chapters exploring the growing importance of women within investmentmarkets. These findings open up dialogues between economic and financial historians with social, gender, and feminist historians, and add a significant new dimension to existing research on women's economic agency. The volume also breaks fresh ground by analysing aspects of wealth holding andfinance in British colonial settings: Canada and Australia. Understanding the extent to which global financial processes shaped the economic lives of those on the 'periphery' as well as at the 'heart' of empire will offer new insights into the social and geographical diffusion of financialmarkets.

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The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed significant developments in the structure, organization, and expansion of financial markets and opportunities for investment in Britain and its empire. But very little is known about how men and women engaged with these markets andwith new opportunities for money-making. In wh...

Dr David R. Green is Reader in Geography at King's College London. His research examines the relationships between wealth, welfare, gender and place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Much of this work focuses on cities and he is currently chair of the UK's Urban History Group and a past editor of The London Journal. His publi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:May 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. David R. Green, Josephine Maltby, Alastair Owens and Janette Rutterford: Introduction2. Youssef Cassis: Wealth, Investment and Global Finance: International Financial Centres, 1870-19303. Leslie Hannah: The Shareholder's "Dog" that did not Bark: The History of British Contested Takeover Bids in Comparative Perspective4. Ranald Michie: Gamblers, Fools, Victims or Wizards? The British Investor in the Public Mind, 1850- 19305. William D. Rubinstein: The Wealth Structure of Britain in 1809-39, 1860-61 and 19066. David R. Green and Alastair Owens: Assets of the Dead: Wealth and Investment in Late Nineteenth-Century England and Wales7. Martin Shanahan: Colonial Sisters and Their Wealth: The Wealth Holdings of Women in South Australia, 1875-19158. Livio Di Matteo: Wealth and Gender in Ontario: 1870-19309. Mary Beth Combs: They Lived and Saved: Examining the Savings Motives of Shopkeepers in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain, 1860-189010. Graeme G. Acheson and John D. Turner: Shareholder Liability, Risk Aversion, and Investment Returns in Nineteenth-Century British Banking11. Josephine Maltby and Jannette Rutterford: The Evidence for "Democratisation" of Share Ownership in Great Britain in the Early Twentieth Century