"...useful reading for anyone interested in the antecedents of today's vibrant international financial markets."
"This is a truly scholarly work of synthesis...the breadth, scope and detail of the study must recommend it to scholars and students seeking an overview of the development of international financial and banking markets over the past two hundred years."
Catherine R. Schenk, EH.NET
"Youssef Cassis has written a highly readable narrative account of the emergence and changing fortunes of the world's leading international financial centers over the course of the last two hundred and twenty-five years. (The book, originally written in French, has been well served by the translator.) This is a topic that could easily degenerate into a dry recitation of percentage shares of this or that variable, market, or country, but that risk has been avoided here."
Forrest Capie, City University, London, Business History Review
"Anyone interested in the historical background of the world's most important international financial centers will prize this book enormously."
Robert E. Wright, Stern School of Business, New York University, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
This is the first comparative history of the financial centres that truly constitute the capitals of capital - New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore. Youssef Cassis charts their rise and fall and their central role in banking and finance from the industrial age to the present.