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Boston Capitalists and Western Railroads

A Study in the Nineteenth-Century Railroad Investment Process

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674181304

Publication Date: 01/01/1967

392 pages

8 maps, 5 tables


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This work takes a fresh look at the part played by Boston capitalists in the development of Western railroads. Boston’s early success in overseas trade provided a fund of capital and techniques, which a remarkably cohesive community of Boston merchants applied to Western ventures with important consequences for American economic growth. Distinguishing between the opportunistic and the developmental investor in their study, the authors provide a new perspective on the process of investment decision-making in the nineteenth century.

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