Bankers and Monetary History

Leslie Pressnell

The recent death of Professor Leslie Pressnell (obituary here) reminded me of the time when economists, bankers, and City professionals would have been familiar with and taken courses on monetary history.  Pressnell, an expert on English banking during the Industrial Revolution, was a leading advocate of the need for such courses.  Indeed, had the current generation of economists and bankers courses in monetary history, the crisis of 2008 might  not have happened.  It would be a befitting memorial to Professor Pressnell if you looked to the past in order to understand the present.  Here is a good place to start

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