The eabh Podcast. Looking for precedents from the exciting world of financial history. We follow money through time and space. We encourage independent research, encourage open debate and value archives. Follow us on: www.bankinghistory.org
Hyperinflation as a catalyst for transformation?
Nathan Marcus (Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva) & Carmen Hofmann (eabh) discuss the extreme acceleration of inflation and its consequences at the end of the Austro- Hungarian Empire in 1918. The transition from a single economic space in Central Europe into separate national economies was marred by the experience of hyperinflation. Nathan explains why hyperinflation is so bad, why it is explicitly a modern phenomenon and how it intrinsically connects the financial with the political sphere.
Currency & War
Are all wars fought for money?
Kevin Clancy (Royal Mint London) & Carmen Hofmann (eabh) in conversation about 500 years of experience with currency in Britain. Kevin reveals some extraordinary cases in history that remind us of the close relationship between money and power, wars' influence over currency and currency reform, the public relations of money and the role of new money for new states.
The Louisiana Purchase
A story of empires, of financing war and risk and reward in uncertain times.
Larry Neal (Illinois) & Carmen Hofmann (eabh) in conversation about the underrated role of individuals in financial history - compared to the role of political actors; the Louisiana Purchase as an 'unprecedented financial deal'; the emergence of internationally marketable sovereign debt and other options of financing empires and revolutionary states.
The Public Banks of Naples
Is there good beyond profit?
Lilia Costabile (University of Naples) and Carmen Hofmann (eabh) take a long view back at the creation and functioning of the Public Banks of Naples in the 16th century. These banks developed as auxiliary departments of charitable institutions and became the backbone of the Kingdom's financial and economic success. How did they achieve long-lasting success and resilience? And can we take inspiration for current debates about how to create a resilient financial system or how finance makes a significant contribution to society as whole?
In their talk about Gentlemen Bankers, Susie Pak (St.John's University) & Carmen Hofmann (eabh) focus on the social and economic circles of one of America's most renowned and influential financiers: J.P. Morgan. Susie tells an intriguing story about how economic and political interests intersected with personal rivalries and friendships among the Wall Street aristocracy during the first half of the twentieth century. These historical precedents are all the more relevant in a time when we redefine trust in the financial sector, the concepts of risk and responsibility and the inclusiveness of our work and social lives.
Are we back to the inflationary environment of the 1970s? During these tumultuous times of post covid recovery, unprecedented monetary policies, and the War in Ukraine, Thomas Mayer (Flossbach von Storch) & Carmen Hofmann (eabh) talk about money and debt in historical perspective, about what drives inflation, the role of the state and the revolutionary idea of digital currency competition as the way forward for the Euro.