One of my correspondents, Brett Christophers of Uppsala University, just asked me which books I’d read on the history of finance that had helped me think about the financial present in a new way. (He has a superb book out early next year, , about the role of banks in the economy over time, and the links between financialisation and globalisation. It will be an essential read for anyone wanting to understand the deeper roots of the financial crisis.)
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Anyway, here is the list that came to mind replying to Brett’s email this morning. Other suggestions will be welcome.
Liaquat Ahmed’s – the monetary policy debates of the 1930s, and a page-turner (really!)
, Reinhardt and Rogoff.
I have high hopes for Jonathan Levy’s , about risk-taking in 19th century American capitalism
Niall Ferguson’s alongside David Graeber’s – a contrast between a conservative historian and a progressive anthropologist
Benjamin Friedman, – why growth enables democracy and liberty
Benjamin Roth – a contemporary diary from the 1930s mid-west, and a vivid reminder of how long it will take to emerge from the present stagnation
Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman, , the best modern revisiting of Keynes.
by Daniel Stedman Jones, a political scientist traces the multi-decade project that enabled a particular ideological perspective to come to dominate public policy.