In 1985, Frederic C. Lane and Reinhold C. Mueller published the magisterial "Money and Banking in Mediaeval and Renaissance Venice". 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 and credit available, from London to Constantinople and beyond, Venetian merchants and bankers created specialized financial institutions at the service of private entrepreneurs and public administrators: deposit banks, foreign exchange banks, the grain office and a bureau of the public debt. This new volume 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.
"This is the kind of book that is all too rare in modern historical scholarship. It is at once meticulously researched, granitically organized, perceptively argued, and eminently readable. The last is no mean achievement when one considers the subject matter. Banks, investments, credit, and debt may be important for our understanding of medieval and Renaissance Italy, but as anyone who has balanced a checkbook or read an annuity report can attest, it can all be dreadfully boring. Not so here." -- Thomas FMadden, Sixteenth Century Journal
"This volume is an outstanding example of meticulous, readable, wide-ranging scholarship... [It] is careful... brilliant study." -- John E. Dotson, Speculum
"This book is a mine of information and a most reliable guide to the Venetian Money Market. For many years to come it will constitute an essential tool for an serious study related to the history of Venice and its economy." -- Benjamin Arbel, Mediterranean Historical ReviewRecensione:
"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." -- Richard Goldthwaite, The Johns Hopkins University
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 801854377