Financial crises stemming from bank panics, stock market crashes, wars and other events often drive innovation in the numismatic area, including
paper scrip, tokens, and other substitutes for money. A new book examines financial crises through history. -Editor
A Brief History of Doom
Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises
240 pages | 6 x 9 | 75 illus.
Cloth Jun 2019 | ISBN 9780812251777 | $29.95 | Outside the Americas £23.99
Ebook editions are available from selected online vendors
Financial crises happen time and again in post-industrial economies-and they are extraordinarily damaging. Building on insights gleaned from many
years of work in the banking industry and drawing on a vast trove of data, Richard Vague argues that such crises follow a pattern that makes them
both predictable and avoidable.
A Brief History of Doom examines a series of major crises over the past 200 years in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France,
Japan, and China-including the Great Depression and the economic meltdown of 2008. Vague demonstrates that the over-accumulation of private debt does
a better job than any other variable of explaining and predicting financial crises. In a series of clear and gripping chapters, he shows that in each
case the rapid growth of loans produced widespread overcapacity, which then led to the spread of bad loans and bank failures. This cycle, according
to Vague, is the essence of financial crises and the script they invariably follow.
The story of financial crisis is fundamentally the story of private debt and runaway lending. Convinced that we have it within our power to break
the cycle, Vague provides the tools to enable politicians, bankers, and private citizens to recognize and respond to the danger signs before it
Philanthropist and former banker Richard Vague is a managing partner of Gabriel Investments, Chairman of The Governor's Woods Foundation, and
author of The Next Economic Disaster: Why It's Coming and How to Avoid It, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
For more informtion, or to order, see:
A Brief History of Doom Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises
Wayne Homren, Editor
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