The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Niall Ferguson

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 0143116177

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go ?round

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What?s more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt?s Memphis to today?s Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise? and fall?of not just money but Western power as well.

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Document Outline Cover Title page Copyright page Contents Introduction [1] 1 Dreams of Avarice [17] The Money Mountain Loan Sharks The Birth of Banking The Evolution of Banking Bankrupt Nation 2 Of Human Bondage [65] Mountains of Debt The Bonaparte of Finance Driving Dixie Down The Euthanasia of the Rentier The Resurrection of the Rentier 3 Blowing Bubbles [119] The Company You Keep The First Bubble Bulls and Bears A Tale of Fat Tails 4 The Return of Risk [176]

The Big Uneasy Taking Cover From Warfare to Welfare The Big Chill The Hedged and the Unhedged 5 Safe as Houses [230] The Property-owning Aristocracy Home-owning Democracy From S&L to Subprime As Safe as Housewives 6 From Empire to Chimerica [283] Globalization and Armageddon Economic Hit Men Short-Term Capital Mismanagement Chimerica Afterword: The Descent of Money [341] Acknowledgements [359] Notes [363] Introduction 1 Dreams of Avarice 2 Of Human Bondage 3 Blowing

The Big Uneasy Taking Cover From Warfare to Welfare The Big Chill The Hedged and the Unhedged 5 Safe as Houses [230] The Property-owning Aristocracy Home-owning Democracy From S&L to Subprime As Safe as Housewives 6 From Empire to Chimerica [283] Globalization and Armageddon Economic Hit Men Short-Term Capital Mismanagement Chimerica Afterword: The Descent of Money [341] Acknowledgements [359] Notes [363] Introduction 1 Dreams of Avarice 2 Of Human Bondage 3 Blowing

Bubbles 4 The Return of Risk 5 Safe as Houses 6 From Empire to Chimerica Afterword: The Descent of Money List of Illustrations [399] The Cerro Rico at Potosí Clay tablet from Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC Clay tablet (reverse side) from Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC The arrest of Gerard Law Quentin Massys The Banker (1514) Page from the 'secret book' of the Medici Japanese government ten-year bond Pieter van der Heyden after Pieter Breugel the Elder, The Battle about

Bubbles 4 The Return of Risk 5 Safe as Houses 6 From Empire to Chimerica Afterword: The Descent of Money List of Illustrations [399] The Cerro Rico at Potosí Clay tablet from Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC Clay tablet (reverse side) from Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC The arrest of Gerard Law Quentin Massys The Banker (1514) Page from the 'secret book' of the Medici Japanese government ten-year bond Pieter van der Heyden after Pieter Breugel the Elder, The Battle about

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