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Harvard Studies in Business History 50

A Culture of Credit

Embedding Trust and Transparency in American Business

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$59.50 • £47.95 • €53.50

ISBN 9780674023406

Publication Date: 10/31/2006


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Harvard Studies in Business History


  • Introduction
  • 1. Mercantile Credit in Britain and America, 1700–1860
  • 2. A “System of Espionage”: The Origins of the Credit-Reporting Form
  • 3. Character, Capacity, Capital: How To Be Creditworthy
  • 4. Jewish Merchants and the Struggle Over Transparency: A Case Study
  • 5. Growth, Competition, Legitimacy: Credit Reporting in the Late Nineteenth Century
  • 6. From Competition to Cooperation: The Birth of the Credit Man, 1890–1920
  • Epilogue: Business Credit Reporting in the Twenty-First Century
  • Notes
  • Index

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