Priceless Markets by Philip T. Hoffman
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Priceless Markets
By Philip T. Hoffman

Priceless Markets

The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1660-1870 New edition


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Priceless Markets by Philip T. Hoffman

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This pathbreaking book shows how credit markets functioned in Paris, through the agency of notaries, during a critical period of French history. Its authors challenge the usual assumption that organized financial markets - and hence the opportnity for economic growth - did not emerge outside of England and the Netherlands until the 19th century. The authors show that as early as the Old Regime, financial intermediaries in France were mobilizing a great tide of capital and arranging thousands of loans between borrowers and lenders. The implications for historians and economists are substantial. The role of notaries operating in Paris that "Priceless Markets" uncovers has never before been recognized. In the wake of this innovative new study, historians will also have to rethink the origins of the French Revolution. As the authors show, the crisis of 1787-88 did not simply ignite revolt; it was intimately bound up in an economic struggle that reached far back into the 18th century, and continued will into the 1800s.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226348018
ISBN-10: 0226348016
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 160mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Philip T. Hoffman

Philip T. Hoffman is a professor of history and social science at California Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815." Gilles Postel-Vinay is the directeur d'Etudes, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and directeur de recherches at the INRA. He is the author of "La terre et l'argent." Jean-Laurent Rosenthal is a professor of economics at UCLA and the author of "Fruits of Revolution: Property Rights, Litigation, and French Agriculture, 1700-1860.""

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