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Surviving Large Losses

Financial Crises, the Middle Class, and the Development of Capital Markets

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ISBN 9780674036369

Publication Date: 10/15/2009

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272 pages

2 line illustrations, 1 table

Belknap Press


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This is a timely book. It is also provocative in trying to do something no one has done before, namely provide a comprehensive political economy analysis of several centuries of financial crises and their effects on the development of financial systems. It aims to bridge the gap between the modern economics literature on finance and growth, and more traditional historical studies… Surviving Large Losses is a step forward in the social-scientific analysis of financial crises and historical financial development.—Richard Sylla, Journal of Economic History

The excitement of Surviving Large Losses is not easy to convey. It is a different kind of thinking cap, that’s all. On every page it reflects the substantial changes wrought by political economists during the past thirty years or so in the way we understand the sources of the wealth and poverty of nations. It delivers a profoundly optimistic message, however—that eventually we get wise to ourselves; that gradually financial knavery is reduced; that by learning from our mistakes we are creating a more stable financial order, and perhaps even a more just world.—David Warsh, Economic Principals

The authors of this book, academics in the fields of history, social sciences, and economics, have done more than write a history of financial crises; rather, they explain the nature of these crises by putting economic theory into plain English.—R. J. Phillips, Choice

The authors are highly respected economic historians whose deep command of the specialist literature shines through. Their ideas are clearly presented, and effectively harness historical example to address one of the great questions of this age: why are some economies successful, and others not? Their answer will command attention among policy makers and scholars alike.—Stephan R. Epstein, London School of Economics

The authors mobilize their impressive knowledge of economic history to examine contemporary issues of policy and theory. The result is an outstanding volume, richly rewarding to people in several different disciplines.—Peter Gourevitch, University of California, San Diego

Surviving Large Losses is an extremely learned book, one that draws on the authors’ deep knowledge of economics and history. It ranges across the history of Western Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, China, and Latin America—and it does so with elegance. It develops, in a language accessible to non-specialists, models about complicated topics in economic theory.—Stephen Haber, Stanford University

The authors’ approach is open and accessible to general readers. The text is not bogged down with economic theory or arcana, while still presenting important and fundamental economic concepts in an understandable fashion. The book also addresses head-on the challenge of providing a political economy model of the interaction of politics and economics. It is to be strongly recommended.—John Joseph Wallis, University of Maryland

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