The growth of banking has had a significant impact on the economic development of the European industrial economies since the nineteenth century.
The Handbook on the History of European Banks combines a comprehensive overview with extensive and detailed empirical analysis on the development of European banking and the subsequent impact of banks on national economies. This important reference work presents a breadth of detailed information and major insights into the history of banking in Europe, including specially commissioned chapters on the banking history of all the countries of the European Community, as well as Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia.
Bringing together in one volume contributions by some of the most important international scholars in the field, the Handbook features a series of authoritative chapters which survey the history of banking in these countries. Each chapter also contains a history of the respective central bank and short summaries of the development of the most important banks in the country. In order to encourage further research into banking, the book includes information on established banking archives, their records and the name of the relevant contact person. The country surveys have been produced in both French and English.
Scholars and students of economic and banking history, as well as banking practitioners, will welcome this comprehensive and accessible reference tool.