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The World's First Stock Exchange

by Lodewijk Petram & Lynne Richards Columbia University Press (May 20, 2014)

The launch of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 initiated Amsterdam’s transformation from a regional market town into a dominant financial center. The Company introduced easily transferable shares, and...


Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City

by Steven H. Jaffe, Jessica Lautin & Museum of the City of New York Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

From Revolutionary-era bank notes and stock and bond trading during the Civil War to the invention of modern mortgages and the 2008 financial collapse, Capital of Capital explores how New York City gave rise...


Passion for Reality: The Extraordinary Life of the Investing Pioneer Paul Cabot

by Michael R. Yogg & John C. Bogle Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

Paul Cabot (1898–1994) was an innovative mutual fund manager and executive known for his strong character, charismatic personality, and trendsetting achievements. Iconoclastic and rebellious, Cabot broke free...


This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains

by David Stark & Nancy Warner Columbia University Press (October 29, 2013)

Nancy Warner’s photographs and David Stark’s interviews and reflections provide fresh perspective on the history and culture of a distinctly American phenomenon. Continuing in the tradition of Solomon D....


Life and Money

by Ute Astrid Tellmann Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Life and Money uncovers the contentious history of the boundary between economy and politics in liberalism. Avoiding the established categories of state and market, Ute Tellmann focuses instead on the shifting...


American Capitalism

by Sven Beckert & Christine Desan Columbia University Press (February 06, 2018)

The United States has long epitomized capitalism. From its enterprising shopkeepers, wildcat banks, violent slave plantations, and raucous commodities trade to its world-spanning multinationals, its massive...


Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices

by Robert McNally Columbia University Press (January 17, 2017)

Oil is the lifeblood of modern civilization, ranking alongside food as one of our most critical commodities. It drives geopolitical, economic, and financial affairs, as well as environmental debates and policymaking....


Economic Thought: A Brief History

by Heinz D. Kurz & Jeremiah Riemer Columbia University Press (May 03, 2016)

In this concise and strategic history, Heinz D. Kurz selects major moments in the development of economic ideas to portray the growth of the field and how economic insights are acquired, lost, and reborn. His...


The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

by Philipp Lepenies Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

Since it was first widely used in the mid-twentieth century, GDP has become the most powerful statistical indicator of our time. Practically all governments adhere to the idea that GDP growth is a primary political...


Investment: A History: A History

by Norton Reamer & Jesse Downing Columbia University Press (February 16, 2016)

Investing—the commitment of resources to achieve a return—affects individuals, families, companies, and nations, and has done so throughout history. But until sixteenth-century Amsterdam, investing was a privilege...