In 1823 and 1824, the newly independent government of Mexico entered the international capital market, raising two loans in London totaling £6.4 million. Intended to cover a variety of expenses, the loans fell into default by 1827 and remained in default until 1887. This case study explores how the loan process worked in Mexico in the early nineteenth century, when foreign lending was still a novelty, and the unexpected ways in which international debt could influence politics and policy. The history of the loans, the efforts of successive governments in Mexico to resume repayment, and the efforts of the foreign lenders to recover their investment became one of the most significant, persistent, and contentious, if largely misunderstood, issues in the political and financial history of nineteenth-century Mexico. The loans themselves became entangled in partisan politics in Mexico and abroad, especially in Great Britain and France, and were a fertile source of speculation for a wide range of legitimate - and not-so-legitimate - international financiers.Read more
- Written in plain language, not in specialists' jargon
- Intended as much for historians and students of politics as for those interested in finance
- Tries to consider the issue in a balanced way, i.e., weighing the views of all the participants in light of as much archival evidence as possible: this is not about victims and victimizers in the international market
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- Date Published: October 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107674394
- length: 346 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. A Crazy Contrivance
3. Blood From a Stone
4. A Monstrous Enterprise
Conclusions: lessons for the Past: The London debt in a Modern Mirror.
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