The Background

  • Hans Bauer
  • Warren J. Blackman


In a Europe consisting of rising nation-states which had developed their respective mercantilist economic theories, the Swiss confederation and the powerful cantons of Berne, Geneva and Basle had little directly to contribute. What we find to be the ‘Swiss contribution’ was much more subtle and certainly of more lasting significance.


Interest Rate Commercial Banking French Revolution International Banking Ancien Regime 
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  1. 5.
    Leo Weisz, ‘Der organisierte Kredit in Zürich von der Reformation bis zum Jahre 1835’, Geld and Kreditsystem der Schweiz ( Zürich: Schultheiss and Co. AG, 1944 ) pp. 135–156.Google Scholar

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© The estate of the late Hans Bauer and Warren J. Blackman 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Bauer
    • 1
  • Warren J. Blackman
    • 2
  1. 1.Swiss Bank CorporationSwitzerland
  2. 2.The University of CalgaryCanada

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