Manufacturers

A History of Gold and Money 1450-1920 - Pierre Vilar

A History of Gold and Money 1450-1920 - Pierre Vilar

Part of the Verso World History Series - taking a look at the filthy obsesion with all things cash. Translated by Judith White.

More details


£12.00

Availability: This product is no longer in stock

For much of human history, the motive force behind war, conquest, social conflict and world exploration has been the drive to acquire gold. From the ancient world of Croesus to the wealthy dynasties of Renaissance Italy, from the earliest European explorations into Africa, America, and Asia to the gold rushes of the nineteenth century and the banking crises that lay beyond them, Pierre Vilar depicts the awesome power of avarice to structure the world in which we live. The insidious power of gold and money is the subject of this enlightening and entertaining history.

The age of exploration brought an influx of treasure into Western Europe, prompting disputes between theologians and early economists over the causes of inflation in the sixteenth century. In time, American silver distorted metropolitan Spanish society beyond recognition. Vilar goes on to examine the roots of the modern banking and financial systems in institutions founded in Holland, England and France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. And in the nineteenth century, the gold rushes of Australia, California and South Africa generated new modifications in the international monetary system.

Vilar concludes the story of these developments with a discussion of the crisis of the 1920s that, in the wake of the world credit crash of 2008, is more pertinent than ever. A History of Gold and Money provides a unique work of synthesis on the role of money in modern economic history.

The Verso World History Series: This series provides attractive new editions of classic works of history, making landmark texts available to a new generation of readers. Covering a timespan stretching from Ancient Greece and Rome to the twentieth century, and with a global geographical range, the series will also include thematic volumes providing insights into such topics as the spread of print cultures and the history of money.

Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • Our work is everywhere
  • A New Mythology
Our work is everywhere
An illustrated oral history of queer and trans resistance. Syan Rose,...
Read more
A New Mythology
Lives along the line. This issue of the zine follows activists...
Read more
Interviews with Radical Palestinian Women
10 interviews, by Shoal collective with Active Publishing, 2021
Read more
From the Garage to the Station and Beyond
Stories from the Gateshead Music Collective 1980-88
Read more
No government can give you freedom Sticker
No government can give you freedom. Sticker  
Read more
Making abolitionist worlds
Proposals for a World on Fire . ABOlition: a journal of insurgent...
Read more
Organizing for autonomy
History, Theory, and Strategy for Collective Liberation. by...
Read more
Street Art and Revolution.... a brief history.
A critical look at the role of graffiti, murals and the like in aiding...
Read more
Appel Call by Anonymous
This classic -Tiqqun - text was published in a similar style to this by...
Read more
La Bande a Bonnot.
Robberies and Getaways by Albert Meltzer and others. This booklet...
Read more
Remember Kronstadt. One Hundred Years On.
A new edition of two essays about the Kronstadt Uprising, the main one...
Read more
The Kronstadt Commune by Ida Mett
Still considered one of the best histories of the Russian revolutionary...
Read more
Queercore
How to Punk a Revolution – An Oral History. PM Press 2021
Read more
The Sea is Rising and So Are We
A Climate Justice Handbook by Cynthia Kaufman, PM Press 2021
Read more
Remembering the Armed Struggle
My Time with the Red Army Faction. by Margrit Schiller, PM Press 2021
Read more
When we are human
Notes from the Age of Pandemics. By John Zerzan,
Read more
Like a boy but not a boy
Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender...
Read more

» All new products