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Banking and Money

Francesco Guidi Bruscoli

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online June 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399301-0120
Banking and Money

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Economic historians have published widely on the “crisis of the 14th century.” Money supply and monetary circulation, among other issues, have formed the basis of the discussion together with demographic changes and aspects of production. Monographic studies on banking have focused on a variety of themes, including primacy/modernity, types/functions, and technical instruments. There are, however, no comprehensive overviews on Renaissance money and banking. The disciplinary division between medieval and early modern history tends to discourage studies that examine the Renaissance period in its entirety: medievalists rarely reach beyond 1500, whereas modernists seldom venture as far back as the 15th century. Especially in the minefield of monetary history, quantitative approaches have at times been accompanied by evaluation of price trends. Some economists have undertaken monetary and banking history, frequently seen in the light of evolution/development, providing long-term analyses from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. There are, on the other hand, several studies that examine a specific geographic area over a short period of time. Given the lack of overviews, it is crucial to look at collected essays (mainly conference proceedings) for a general overview and a comparative analysis. This bibliography also includes a handful of single-authored article collections that are the result of many years of research in this specific field. The governing principle behind this bibliography is to provide an orientation for studies solely or for the most part concerned with the history of Renaissance banking and money. As the most important bankers, however, were fairly often engaged in trade and entrepreneurship, it is necessary at times to take a broader approach.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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