Nathan Mayer Rothschild and the creation of a dynasty : the critical years 1806-1816


Nathan Mayer Rothschild and the creation of a dynasty : the critical years 1806-1816

Herbert H. Kaplan

Stanford University Press, 2006

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This groundbreaking history explains how Nathan Mayer Rothschild rose from comparatively humble circumstances to become the founder of an extraordinary banking and financial empire-an empire that remained preeminent in Europe for more than a century. The book focuses on the critical years of Great Britain's war against Napoleon, when Rothschild became in effect Britain's banker and paymaster on the Continent, contributing to Wellington's defeat of Napoleon and consolidating the basis of the Rothschild financial dynasty. Although the basic outline of Rothschild's remarkable rise in the world of European high finance is well known, the details of how this actually took place, at the transaction-by-transaction level, have never before been studied. On the basis of painstaking archival examination of all of Rothschild's extant financial records, Kaplan is able to explain for the first time exactly how this transformation occurred.


Contents @toc4:Dedication/In Memory iii List of Figures and Tables iii List of Abbreviations iii By Way of a Preface iii Acknowledgments iii @toc1:Part I. The Cohens and the Rothschilds @toc2:Chapter 1. A Marriage of Merchants 000 Chapter 2. From Manchester to London 000 @toc1:Part II. Gold and Silver @toc2:Chapter 3. Nathan Mayer Rothschild's Trading Network: 18081812 000 Chapter 4. Nathan Mayer Rothschild and Wellington: 1812<- >1814 000 @toc1:Part III. British Subsidies to the Allied Powers: 18141816 @toc2:Chapter 5. Herries, the Rothschilds, and the Russian 000 Chapter 6. Herries, the Rothschilds, and the Royal Mint 000 By Way of a Conclusion 000 @toc4:Bibliography 000 Index 000

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