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The Global Securities MarketA History$
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Ranald Michie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280612.001.0001

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Advances and Setbacks: 1720–1815

Advances and Setbacks: 1720–1815

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The Global Securities Market

Ranald C. Michie (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses developments in the global securities market during the 18th century outlining progress made and the impact of revolution and war between 1789 and 1815. It is argued that the turmoil and disruption introduced by the French Revolution in 1789 had both negative and positive consequences for the global securities market. The negative outcome was easy to see in terms of the eclipse of Amsterdam as the premier financial centre and the collapse of the international market due to of widespread defaults. The positive outcome of the period of war and revolution between 1789 and 1815 was the establishment of the London Stock Exchange in 1801 as a closed market, with control over entry and the power to enforce rules of orderly behaviour. This produced a model that was then copied by other securities markets during the years after 1815.

Keywords:   global securities market, Amsterdam, London, French Revolution, war, banking system, debt, stock exchange

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