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A History of Money: From AD 800 Paperback – 5 Sep 1996


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (5 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415137292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415137294
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,099,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since 1914 the world has been bedevilled by inflation, depression, devaluation, unstable exchange rates and other 'diseases of money'. Read the first page
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By Lupo on 18 May 2012
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The book is not by Forrest Capie as the Amazon headline suggests, but by John Chown only. Capie wrote about a page as a foreword, including a couple of paragraphs about the book itself.
The book itself is well structured and well written, with many interesting quotes. It is narrative, rather than analytic history. As the foreword states: 'This book will serve as an excellent introduction to the many topics in monetary economics that concern us today;... The book will have great appeal to those approaching the subject for the first time;'
Good stuff, all in all, but I had been looking forward to a book by the great F.Capie.
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Entertaining but not a reference 22 Dec 1999
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Chown, a practitioner instead of an academic, is wise and pithy, covering a lot of territory from Charlemagne to the end of the 19th century. He wisely gives equal time to coins, paper money, and bank deposits. He knows the academic literature, but writes mainly for educated laypeople. The book is fun to read, but is too short and anecdotal to be a reference. But you will learn that many 20th century controversies in monetary affairs go back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. See how playing sleight of hand with banks and paper money has proven seductive for generations. The terminology changes, but not the dilemmas and temptations. And wisdom is likewise of long date, namely the work of Richard Cantillon around 1720, David Hume around 1750, and Henry Thornton in 1802.
Better books in this vein include Jim Grant's Money of the Mind", and Glyn Davies's "A History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day." Somebody should also bring Lloyd Mints's "History of Banking Theory" back in print.
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