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Der Aufstieg des Geldes (2008)

von Niall Ferguson

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Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. But historian Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. Through Ferguson's expert lens, for example, the civilization of the Renaissance looks very different: a boom in the market for art and architecture made possible when Italian bankers adopted Arabic mathematics. The rise of the Dutch republic is reinterpreted as the triumph of the world's first modern bond market over insolvent Habsburg absolutism. Yet the central lesson of financial history is that, sooner or later, every bubble bursts.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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This was an interesting look at the history of finance. Gave me some insight into why money is handled the way it is, from the stock market to life insurance. Neat book. ( )
  SwitchKnitter | Dec 19, 2021 |
History is often a study of global power, and here money stands in for power. In Niall Ferguson's telling, every historical figure is backed by money men--yeah, pretty much men till Ferguson takes note of microlending innovation. The allusion to The Ascent of Man suggests that evolutionary financial forces are at the bankers' backs, and at the heart of this Darwinian story is the rise and fall of the West. This is not a linear tale but a series of episodes, commuter reading for the paper chase.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
Adult nonfiction. pretty interesting, just too long for me to finish at the time (have a mess of other audio books to get through, and there was still a wait-list for this one). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Maybe a little too focused on the more modern side of things, but overall a fascinating book that's well worth a read. ( )
  expatscot | May 16, 2021 |
> L'Irrésistible Ascension de l'argent, par Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson étudie les phénomènes financiers depuis Babylone pour en tirer des enseignements économiques. Un stimulant livre d'histoire.
Toute bulle finit par éclater. Les vendeurs à la baisse surpassent les acheteurs à la hausse. L'avidité vire à la peur. Niall Fergusson, l'un des plus grands historiens britanniques actuels, professeur à Harvard et à Oxford, ne tire pas ces trois enseignements de la seule crise qui a frappé l'Occident à l'été 2008, mais de l'étude des phénomènes financiers depuis Babylone, en passant par celle de la banque à la Renaissance et du marché obligataire pendant la guerre de Sept Ans. De cette vision au long cours, Ferguson tire quelques leçons. Un événement inclassable bouscule toujours les modèles les plus sophistiqués. L'instabilité des marchés tient au caractère bipolaire des individus, passant de l'euphorie à l'abattement. La finance est darwinienne, les crises sélectionnant les meilleurs (banques ou pays). Sûrement l'un des livres d'histoire les plus stimulants de ces dernières années. --L'Express
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 9, 2021 |
...The rise of ancient Babylon was intimately tied to the evolution of credit and debt; without banks and the bond markets, the splendours of the Italian Renaissance would never have materialised; corporate finance was the foundation of the Dutch and later British empires; the ultra-sophisticated Wall Street financial engineering which has now come crashing down is intractably linked with America's global primacy. And now, of course, the new-found geopolitical power of many emerging economies, such as China, comes from their embrace of modern finance and creation of huge sovereign wealth funds.

Especially fascinating is Ferguson's discussion of the rush of intellectual innovation, beginning in the 1660s, that created the theoretical basis for life insurance, one of the most important financial inventions of all time...
hinzugefügt von amorabunda | bearbeitenLiterary Review, Allister Heath (Jul 18, 2011)
 
...According to Ferguson, much of the current crisis stems from this increasingly uneasy symbiosis. It turns out “there was a catch. The more China was willing to lend to the United States, the more Americans were willing to borrow.” This cascade of easy money, he argues, “was the underlying cause of the surge in bank lending, bond issuance and new derivative contracts that Planet Finance witnessed after 2000. . . . And Chimerica — or the Asian ‘savings glut,’ as Ben Bernanke called it — was the underlying reason why the U.S. mortgage market was so awash with cash in 2006 that you could get a 100 percent mortgage with no income, no job or assets.” Going forward, the system seems likely to be increasingly unstable, as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson suggested recently when he warned that unless fundamental changes are made, “the pressure from global imbalances will simply build up again until it finds another outlet.”
hinzugefügt von amorabunda | bearbeitenNew York Times, Michael Hirsh (Dec 25, 2008)
 
...Ferguson's biography of finance, told with verve and insight, throws more light on our predicament than perhaps even he realises. The Ascent of Money charts the rise of money from clay tokens passed around the villages of Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago to flickering numbers on a foreign exchange screen; yet it also reminds us that money represents a relationship of trust.

Ferguson argues persuasively that the development of money has gone hand in hand with the development of modern societies, by quickening transactions, loans and investment. He gives a selection of case studies, showing how money underpinned the colonisation of South America, Roosevelt's New Deal and the rise of China. Money doesn't make the world go round, but "it does make staggering quantities of people, goods and services go around the world"...
hinzugefügt von amorabunda | bearbeitenThe Telegraph (Nov 6, 2008)
 
Niall Ferguson has written a brilliant book exploring the historic nexus between money, diplomacy, warfare and globalisation. It's called The House of Rothschild: The World's Banker 1849-1998. His new work, The Ascent of Money, written 10 years later, is an altogether different beast.

From its opening sentence - 'Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: call it what you like, money matters' - you know this is a TV tie-in...
hinzugefügt von amorabunda | bearbeitenThe Guardian, Tristam Hunt (Nov 2, 2008)
 
...There are a score of fascinating details. One example is how John Law managed to persuade the French to appoint him controller general of finances (sort of governor of the Bank of England and Chancellor of the Exchequer combined) and allow him to engineer the French financial bubble in 1720-21 that did far greater damage to French savings than the South Sea Bubble did to British finances at the same time. He describes how grand families, such as the Grevilles, were ruined by spendthrift heirs, while other new dynasties, notably the Rothschilds, were founded on a mixture of thrift, information and acumen.

Perhaps the most helpful aspect of the book is Ferguson's ability to link the past with the present – particularly helpful right now. For example, he draws a parallel between international investment during the last great burst of globalisation from 1870 to 1914 and the massive international capital flows of the present global era...
hinzugefügt von amorabunda | bearbeitenThe Independent, Hamish McRae (Oct 31, 2008)
 

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Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. But historian Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. Through Ferguson's expert lens, for example, the civilization of the Renaissance looks very different: a boom in the market for art and architecture made possible when Italian bankers adopted Arabic mathematics. The rise of the Dutch republic is reinterpreted as the triumph of the world's first modern bond market over insolvent Habsburg absolutism. Yet the central lesson of financial history is that, sooner or later, every bubble bursts.--From publisher description.

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