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Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance

Dangerous and Dishonest Men: The International Bankers of Louis XIV's France

Authors: Rowlands, G.

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At the start of the eighteenth century Louis XIV needed to remit huge sums of money abroad to support his armies during the War of the Spanish Succession. This book explains how international bankers moved French money across Europe, and how the foreign exchange system was so overloaded by the demands of war that a massive banking crash resulted.

About the authors

Guy Rowlands is Reader in Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and has taught at Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Durham. A prize-winning author of books on French military and financial history, he has received several research fellowships from the British Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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“The present book shifts attention from the French fiscal administration and its structural and organizational inadequacies, across to the bankers who provided the huge injections of cash and especially foreign specie, needed to keep the French armies in the field. … This is a study which brings into focus the operations of a distinct group of financial entrepreneurs, showing that they were both vital to and parasitic upon the state’s military ambitions.” (David Parrott, History - Journal of the Historical Association, December, 2016)

“Though this is a technical book, focused narrowly on a particular problem in international banking and state finance, Rowlands does a remarkably good job at explaining the intricacies of his subject, offering excellent introductions to the workings of the remitting system, the use of bills of exchange and the functions of international bankers. … This new book is the definitive work on international remitting in the last phase of Louis XIV’s reign, and is unlikely to be surpassed.” (John Shovlin, English Historical Review, Vol. 131 (552), October, 2016)

“Dangerous and Dishonest Men presents an astonishing story of administrative incompetence, corrupt banking practices, and financial disaster. Rowlands is remarkable in his ability to understand and clarify the intricacies of early modern war finance and bring them to bear on one of the major events in French economic history.” (Thomas M. Luckett, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 88 (4), 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rowlands, Guy

    Pages 1-29

  • The French Monarchy and the Foreign Exchange System in the Era of Louis XIV

    Rowlands, Guy

    Pages 33-60

  • The Logistical Geography of French Remitting

    Rowlands, Guy

    Pages 61-83

  • The Price of Foreign Exchange

    Rowlands, Guy

    Pages 84-115

  • The Gathering Storm: The Development of a Remittance System, 1700–06

    Rowlands, Guy

    Pages 119-143

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-38179-8
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Hardcover $120.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-38178-1
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Softcover $115.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dangerous and Dishonest Men: The International Bankers of Louis XIV's France
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38179-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137381798
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38178-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47974-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 265
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