Decision Taking, Confidence and Risk Management in Banks from Early Modernity to the 20th Century

  • Korinna Schönhärl

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Korinna Schönhärl
    Pages 1-12
  3. First Part: Recruitment of Personnel and Partners

  4. Second Part: Risk Management Techniques

  5. Third Part: Methodological Tools for Historians: Network-Theory, Principal-Agent-Relationship, Behavioural Finance and Social Capital

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-342

About this book


This book offers 14 contributions that examine key questions in bank decision-taking,
constitution of confidence in banks and risk management practices from Early Modernity to the twentieth century. It explores how the various mechanisms of bank decision taking changed over time. Chapters also analyse the types of risk management techniques used, the contributory factors to the constitution of confidence and the methods that banking historians can use to analyse and describe bankers´ risk management and decision taking - from system theory to behavioural finance, new institutional economics to praxeology and convention theory to network analysis. The different methodological approaches are put to the test in case studies based on archive material from four hundred years of banking in order to connect banking history more closely to political and cultural history.


Financial Psychology Behavioural Finance Sustainable Banking Foreign Investment Financial Intermediaries Bond Issuance Financial Centres Financial Intermediation

Editors and affiliations

  • Korinna Schönhärl
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany

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