Forging Capitalism : Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance / Ian Klaus.

Klaus, Ian, author., Author,
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2014]
Yale Series in Economic and Financial History
1 online resource (288 p.) : 25 b-w
Capitalism -- History -- 19th century -- Great Britain.
Capitalism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Financial institutions -- Corrupt practices -- History -- Great Britain.
Financial institutions -- Corrupt practices -- History.
In English.
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A riveting history of raw capitalism that exposes the unscrupulousness at its heart Vice is endemic to Western capitalism, according to this fascinating, wildly entertaining, often startling history of modern finance. Ian Klaus's Forging Capitalism demonstrates how international financial affairs in the nineteenth century were conducted not only by gentlemen as a noble pursuit but also by connivers, thieves, swindlers, and frauds who believed that no risk was too great and no scheme too outrageous if the monetary reward was substantial enough. Taken together, the grand deceptions of the ambitious schemers and the determined efforts to guard against them have been instrumental in creating the financial establishments of today. In a story teeming with playboys and scoundrels and rich in colorful and amazing events, Klaus chronicles the evolution of trust through three distinct epochs: the age of values, the age of networks and reputations, and, ultimately, in a world of increased technology and wealth, the age of skepticism and verification. In today's world, where the questionable dealings of large international financial institutions are continually in the spotlight, this extraordinary history has great relevance, offering essential lessons in both the importance and the limitations of trust.
Introduction. A Definition; An Argument
1. "All Trades and Places Knew Some Cheat"
2. Unreliable Virtue
3. Vice on Trial
4. An Empire of Optimism
5. Principals, Agents, and Their Mutual Friends
6. Reputation Contagion
7. The Detection of Lies, Lives, and Agents
8. The Observance of Trifles
9. A Gorgeous Vulgarity
10. The Verification Bureau
Conclusion: "Money, Money, Money, and What Money Can Make of Life!"
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De Gruyter.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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10.12987/9780300188332 doi
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