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Spring 2014-2015
* WWS 466 / HIS 467 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Financial History

Harold James

The course examines the history of financial innovation and its consequences. It examines the evolution of trading practices, bills of exchange, government bonds, equities, banking activity, derivatives markets, and securitization. How do these evolve in particular state or national settings, how are the practices regulated, how do they relate to broader development? What happens as financial instruments are traded across state boundaries, and how does an international financial order evolve? What are the effects of international capital mobility? How is resulting conflict and instability managed, on both a national and international level?

Sample reading list:
Milton Friedman & Anna Schwartz, The Great Contraction 1929-1933
Tim Parks, Medici Money
Larry Neal, The Rise of Financial Capitalism
Michael Bordo, Barry Eichengreen, Crisis Now and Then
Walter Bagehot, Lombard Street
Gillian Tett, Fool's Gold
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading a week. Two papers

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43216 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:14 Limit:20