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Barclays : the business of banking, 1690-1996 /
Margaret Ackrill and Leslie Hannah.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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xxi, 481 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521790352
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
isbn
0521790352
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4599333
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
Ackrill (Oxford Brookes Univ., UK) and Hannah (chief executive, Ashridge Business School, UK) provide a corporate-sponsored historical account of Barclays from its beginnings in 1690 to 1996. The book's eight chapters are arranged chronologically. The first chapter covers more than 200 years of the bank's 300-plus years, from the time it began operations (1690) in London and Norwich as a private bank until it became a limited liability corporation (1896). The second chapter covers the period of corporate consolidation (1896-1945), when Barclays absorbed a number of other private and joint stock banks to become one of Britain's Big Five (later Big Four) banks. Subsequent chapters cover the period of stability or stagnation (1945-61); the quickening pace (1962-73); regulatory change, universal banking, and overcapacity (1973-92); the transition to global banking (1945-92); and the transformation of the production of banking services (1945-92). A final chapter covers 1993-1996. The book's five statistical appendixes include data on the growth of the bank and group; profitability; financial structure, costs, and income; bad debt, 1914-96; and the exchange rate. This nontechnical business history is accessible to anyone interested in banking. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries. R. Grossman Wesleyan University
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'The narrative is informative in style, but skillfully chosen quotes and references make the book ... pleasant reading ... I would recommend the book to economic historians and economists interested in banking and financial markets. The book should be compulsory reading for all bankers who dream of making their bank a global player.' Scandinavian Economic History Review
'... there are enough intriguing facts throughout the book to appeal even to those with only a slim knowledge of banking.' Euromoney
'There is a substantive comment on the twentieth-century bank data, and a comprehensive statistical appendix. A serious academic read then, well written, with a lot to ponder on.' Richard Saville, Times Higher Education Supplement
"This exemplary study...successfully combines narrative business history, to recount three centuries of Barclay's growth and development..." EH.NET
'... this is a splendid book, not least for data appendices which deal with an extensive range of balance sheet items and which make a very considerable contribution to the debate on the profitability of banking in the twentieth century. It deserves to be carefully read by everyone with an interest in the structure and performance of the British economy in the twentieth century.' The Economic History Review
'This lavishly illustrated and superbly produced volume brings Barclays into line with most other major clearing banks, with a solid academic business history.' History
"This nontechnical business history is accessible to anyone interested in banking. Recommended. All libraries." Choice
'Barclays constitutes an excellent example of the value of a critical, in-depth, archivally based biography of a leading British company, with much that is of value to both financial and business historians, and to those with a more general interest in the evolution of British banking and business enterprise.' Business History
'The book is handsomely produced, well illustrated, and has extensive and informative statistical appendices.' J. H. C. Leach, Times Literary Supplement
' ... a well-balanced business history, constituting a major new contribution to the historical literature on British banking.' Bankhistorisches Archiv
"A notable tour de force in the history of banking." Business History Review
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Summaries
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Examines the successes & brushes with disaster throughout the centuries of this giant British bank's history.
Main Description
This is a history of one of the world's most famous financial institutions from its foundation as a private Quaker partnership in 1690 to 1996. Over the course of its history, Barclays has been the largest bank in the world, in Africa, and in Britain. A pioneer in international trade finance and large-scale branch banking, Barclays was responsible for the first automated teller machine in the world. This history of innovation and expansion is a microcosm of the successes and failures of corporate strategies in banking and is especially illuminating on the twentieth century. Extensively illustrated and accessibly written, the book is deliberately designed to appeal to readers beyond those with a specialist professional interest in financial history. It makes a major contribution to the economic and social history of modern Britain and the contemporary business world.
Main Description
This is a history of one of the world's most famous financial institutions from its foundation as a private Quaker partnership in 1690 to 1996. Over the course of its history, Barclays has been the largest bank in the world, in Africa, and in Britain. A pioneer in international trade finance and large scale branch banking, Barclays was responsible for the first automated teller machine in the world. This history of innovation and expansion is a microcosm of the successes and failures of corporate strategies in banking and is especially illuminating on the twentieth century. Extensively illustrated and accessibly written, the book is deliberately designed to appeal to readers beyond those with a specialist professional interest in financial history. It makes a major contribution to the economic and social history of modern Britain and the contemporary business world.
Main Description
This is a history of one of the world's most famous financial institutions from its foundation as a private partnership in 1690 to the present. A pioneer in international trade finance and branch banking, the story of Barclays Bank is a microcosm of the successes and failures of corporate strategies in banking. Extensively illustrated and accessibly written, the book will appeal to readers beyond those with an interest in financial history. It makes a major contribution to the economic and social history of modern Britain and the contemporary business world.
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This is a history of one of the world's most famous financial institutions from its foundation as a private Quaker partnership in 1690 to 1996. Extensively illustrated and accessibly written, this book makes a major contribution to the economic and social history of modern Britain and the contemporary business world.
Main Description
This is a history of one of the worldÂ’s most famous financial institutions from its foundation as a private Quaker partnership in 1690 to 1996. Over the course of its history, Barclays has been the largest bank in the world, in Africa, and in Britain. A pioneer in international trade finance and large-scale branch banking, Barclays was responsible for the first automated teller machine in the world. This history of innovation and expansion is a microcosm of the successes and failures of corporate strategies in banking and is especially illuminating on the twentieth century. Extensively illustrated and accessibly written, the book is deliberately designed to appeal to readers beyond those with a specialist professional interest in financial history. It makes a major contribution to the economic and social history of modern Britain and the contemporary business world.
Table of Contents
Quaker private bankers, 1690-1896
Corporate consolidation and the control of competition, 1896-1945
Stability or stagnation?, 1945-1961
The pace quickens, 1962-1973
Competition restored: regulatory change, universal banking and overcapacity, 1973-1992
Barclays abroad: the transition to global banking, 1945-1992
Tranforming the production of banking services, 1945-1992
Reassessment, rearrangement and renewal, 1993-1996
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