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Early Modern Financial History series of online seminars

First two upcoming seminars

Tuesday 24 November 2020 via Zoom, 8:00-9:00 New York, 13:00-14:00 Lisbon/London, 14:00-15:00 Bern/Amsterdam, 22:00-23:00 Tokyo

Claudio Marsilio (Universidade de Lisboa): Rethinking the role of the Genoese bankers in the credit and bullion markets. New evidence from Genoese and Florentine private archives (1630-1700)

Tuesday 8 December 2020 via Zoom, 8:00-9:00 New York, 13:00-14:00 London, 14:00-15:00 Bern/Amsterdam, 22:00-23:00 Tokyo

Nadia Matringe (LSE): Commission trading and the use of the bill of exchange as a clearing instrument in 16th century Lyon

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We are launching a series of online seminars dedicated to early modern financial history. Early modernity (15th-18th century) represents a fascinating period in the history of finance. It was a time of intense experimentation and innovation, which led to a far-reaching transformation of the European financial system, with profound political, social, and cultural consequences not only in Europe but also worldwide.

english financial history

A social vs. an institutional history of the “Financial Revolution” and the importance of experimentation. Part 1

Since P.G.M. Dickson’s seminal study about post-1688 England, “Financial Revolution” (hereafter FR) has become a key notion for economic and financial historians.[1]

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