Banking and Finance in the Mediterranean

Banking and Finance in the Mediterranean : A Historical Perspective

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This volume presents a panoramic picture of the many national and international trends and developments, factors, customs, and events that have characterised banking in the Mediterranean area over the past two centuries. During this period banking in the Mediterranean evolved distinct characteristics, several going well beyond the restricted realities of colonial relations. The range of issues covered by the book is extensive and includes both national banking evolution and pan-regional topics. The chapters touch upon various aspects of Iberian, Italian, French, Greek, Maltese, Moroccan, and Ottoman banking history, focusing particularly on issues relating to central banking, numismatics, archival recording, and pan-Mediterranean economic dynamics. The history of certain specific institutions is also considered, including the Imperial Ottoman Bank, The Ionian Bank, The Banque d'Etat du Maroc, and others.
Bringing together papers by leading banking and finance historians which were first presented at the European Association for Banking History conference held in Malta in June 2007, this volume offers an invaluable insight towards a wider and more detailed understanding of the roles of banking and finance in Mediterranean economic history. Seen in a context of what has hitherto been something of a historical vacuum in terms of the coverage of much writing on European banking and financial history, and the importance given to the Mediterranean region's banking history in its own right, this is an innovative book that both contributes towards our knowledge the subject, and establishes a pattern for further work in this important area of European economic history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.57mm | 671.32g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • includes 15 figures
  • 1409429849
  • 9781409429845
  • 1,549,193

Table of contents

Introduction, John A Consiglio, Juan Carlos Martinez Oliva and Gabriel Tortella; Part I Insights into Malta's Banking and Monetary History: A small, open Mediterranean economy - then and now, Michael C. Bonello; Malta's banking history, overview and observations, John Consiglio; Coinage in Malta, Joseph C. Sammut.; Part II The Rise of Modern Banking and Finance in the Mediterranean: The Mediterranean banking systems. Convergence or path-dependence?, Massimiliano Affinito and Riccardo De Bonis; Stability against all odds. The Imperial Ottoman Bank, 1875-1914, Edhem Eldem.; Part III Finance and Intramediterranean Economic Relations: Non-bank financial corporate start-ups, 1830-1909. A note on Greek banking history, Ioanna Pepelasis Minoglou; Diversity in banking systems. France, Italy and Spain (19th and 20th centuries), Juan Carles Maixe-Altes; Banking expansion, success and failure in the British Mediterranean. The Ionian Bank, 1840s - 1920s, Alex Apostolides and Athanasios Gekas.; Part IV Money and Currency Developments in the Mediterranean: National states and central banks in the Mediterranean world in the interwar period, Nuno Valerio; Central banking in the Iberian peninsula. A comparison, Pablo Martin Acena; A Mediterranean 19th century. Economic dynamics of the Mediterranean area durin the first two-thirds of the century, Gerard Chastagnaret.; Part V Banking and Finance Archives: Second-rate imperialism. The Banque d'Etat du Maroc, viewed from the archives of the Bank of Spain, Maria Teresa Tortella and Gabrial Tortella; How French banking archives document Mediterranean history (c.1850-1960), Catherine Dardignac and Roger Nougaret; The historical archive of the Banco di Napoli. A primary resource for social and economic history in a Mediterranean view, Paola Avallone and Giovanni Lombardi; Bibliography; Index.
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About John A. Consiglio

John Consiglio, The University of Malta, Malta; Juan Carlos Martinez Oliva, Banca d'Italia, Italy; and Gabriel Tortella, Universidad de Alcala, Spain.
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