Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat, and Resurgence

Hardcover | September 20, 2015

byYoussef Cassis, Philip L. Cottrell

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Private bankers have been defined as owner-managers of their bank, irrespective of their type of activity, which could be in any field of banking, sometimes in conjunction with another one, especially commerce in the earlier periods. Analysing the experiences of European private bankers from the early modern period to the early twenty-first century, this book starts by examining the slow emergence of specialist private bankers, largely from amongst those who provided commercial credit. This initial consideration culminates in afocus upon the roles that they played, both during the onset of the continent's industrialization, and in orchestrating the finances of the emerging world economy. Its second theme is private banking's waning importance with the rise of joint-stock competitors, which became increasingly apparent inBritain during the mid-nineteenth century, and elsewhere within Europe some decades later. Lastly, attention is paid to the decline of private bankers in the twentieth century -a protracted and uneven decline, combined with the persistence and even the enduring success of some segments of theprofession. It concludes with the revival of private banking in the late twentieth century as a response to the development of a new market - the management of personal wealth.

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Private bankers have been defined as owner-managers of their bank, irrespective of their type of activity, which could be in any field of banking, sometimes in conjunction with another one, especially commerce in the earlier periods. Analysing the experiences of European private bankers from the early modern period to the early twenty-...

Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History at the European University Institute, Florence. He was previously Professor of Economic History at the University of Geneva (2004-2010) and at the University Pierre Mendes France, Grenoble (1997-04). He has held visiting professorships at the Cass Business School, the Graduate Institute i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Instruments, institutions, centres and networks: developing the structural framework, c.1300-17002. Public and private markets for capital and credit, 1688-17933. War and economic transformation, 1793-1854. Golden age, 1815-18705. The onset of the corporate economy, 1870-19146. Indian summer, 1914-19317. Decline and renaissance, 1931-c.2000Conclusion