Transatlantic Speculations (eBook)
Globalization And The Panics Of 1873
de Catherine Hannah Davies
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The year 1873 was one of financial crises. A boom in railway construction had spurred a bull marketbut when the boom turned to bust, transatlantic panic quickly became a worldwide economic downturn. InTransatlantic Speculations, Hannah Catherine Davies offers a new lens on the panics of 1873 and nineteenth-century globalization by exploring the ways in which contemporaries experienced a tumultuous period that profoundly challenged notions of economic and moral order.
Considering the crises of 1873 from the vantage points of Berlin, New York, and Vienna, Davies maps what she calls the dual transatlantic speculations of the 1870s: the financial speculation that led to these panics as well as the interpretative speculations that sprouted in their wake. Drawing on a wide variety of sourcesincluding investment manuals, credit reports, business correspondence, newspapers, and legal treatisesshe analyzes how investors were prompted to put their money into faraway enterprises, how journalists and bankers created and spread financial information and disinformation, how her subjects made and experienced financial flows, and how responses ranged from policy reform to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories when these flows suddenly were interrupted. Davies goes beyond national frames of analysis to explore international economic entanglement, using the panics interconnectedness to shed light on contemporary notions of the world economy. Blending cultural, intellectual, and legal history,Transatlantic Speculationsgives vital transnational and comparative perspective on a crucial moment for financial markets, globalization, and capitalism.