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Forging Capitalism
Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance

Ian Klaus

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 ...

Yale Series in Economic and Financial History

2014   296 pp.  4 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300181944  $30.00

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A Question of Balance
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Speed Limits
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The Bet
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Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude
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Philosophy of Economy
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The Citizen's Share
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Hard Times
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Brazil
The Troubled Rise of a Global Power
 



Wildcat Currency
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Other People's Houses
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A Changing Wind
Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta
 



When the Money Runs Out
The End of Western Affluence
 



Importing Poverty?
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Managing Labor Migration in the Twenty-First Century
 



Austerity
The Great Failure
 



Innovation Economics
The Race for Global Advantage
 



Why Nudge?
The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism
 



Spy Capitalism
ITEK and the CIA
 

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