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Bankers and Bolsheviks

Bankers and Bolsheviks

Publisher Princeton University Press
Year 01/05/2020
Edition First
Pages 318
Version paperback
Readership level College/higher education
Language English
ISBN 9780691202228
Categories European history, Russian Revolution, International finance, Economic history, Banking
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A must-read financial history for investors navigating today's volatile global markets Following an unprecedented economic boom fed by foreign investment, the Russian Revolution triggered the largest sovereign default in history. In Bankers and Bolsheviks, Hassan Malik tells the story of this boom and bust, chronicling the experiences of leading financiers of the day as they navigated one of the most lucrative yet challenging markets of the first modern age of globalization. He reveals how a complex web of factors-from government interventions to competitive dynamics and cultural influences-drove a large inflow of capital during this tumultuous period. This gripping book demonstrates how the realms of finance and politics-of bankers and Bolsheviks-grew increasingly intertwined, and how investing in Russia became a political act with unforeseen repercussions. "A fascinating study of an overlooked topic."---Andrew Stuttaford, Wall Street Journal "The financial history of the Russian Revolution has been largely neglected for a century, despite the importance of banks and bondholders as targets, and indeed victims, of the Bolshevik Revolution. Hassan Malik's deeply researched and vividly written study shows the vital importance of foreign capital to the prerevolutionary Tsarist economy, the reluctance of Western bankers to face the seriousness of the threat posed to them by Lenin & Co., and the rationale behind the Bolsheviks' massive debt default. This is an original and illuminating contribution to a literature that has devoted far more attention to the revolutionaries than to the capitalist system they overthrew."--Niall Ferguson, Milbank Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford "Russian history in the transition period of the early twentieth century is still in need of unbiased research, and I am convinced that the most interesting and unexpected discoveries lie at the intersection of various disciplines, such as history, political science, and finance. Hassan Malik's Bankers and Bolsheviks is an expansive, detailed work based on an extensive and painstaking research of a huge volume of materials. Yet, the work is also a fascinating read, offering a path to understanding what forces triggered the unstoppable chain of those tragic yet colossal events."--Ruben Vardanyan, social entrepreneur, impact investor, and venture philanthropist "At a time when political risk has surged to the front of investors' minds, financial history offers valuable perspective. Hassan Malik's elegantly told story of the largest defaul

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