This book brings together the results of fresh scholarly research to present a unique overview of the financial history of the Netherlands from the sixteenth century onwards. The Netherlands has always occupied a role in international finance way out of proportion with its geographical size. Since the eighteenth century, the country has been one of the largest exporters of capital in the world. In addition, several important financial innovations were pioneered in the Netherlands, such as a funded public debt, the famous Amsterdam Wisselbank, large public limited companies with transferable shares, and securitized international loans. The book shows the evolution of the Dutch financial system during nearly four and a half centuries, detailing the close interrelationship between currency policy, public finance, and banking.
• A full overview in English of Dutch financial history • Brings fresh research on one of the world's most important trading nations • Authors are the foremost authorities on the history of finance in the Netherlands
List of figures; List of tables; 1. Introduction Marjolein 't Hart, Joost Jonker, and Jan Luiten van Zanden; 2. The merits of financial revolution: public finance 1550–1700 Marjolein 't Hart; 3. Linking the fortunes: currency and banking 1550–1800 Pit Dehing and Marjolein 't Hart; 4. From fragmentation to unification: public finance 1700–1914 Wante Fritschy and René van der Voort; 5. The alternative road to modernity: banking and currency 1814–1914 Joost Jonker; 6. Old rules, new conditions, 1914–1940 Jan Luiten van Zanden; 7. Towards a new maturity, 1940–1990 Jaap Barendregt and Hans Visser; 8. Conclusion Marjolein 't Hart, Joost Jonker, and Jan Luiten van Zanden; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.