Bringing the economy back in

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Whether assuming the form of personal notes in 1792, bills of exchange in 1819, bank drafts in 1837, railway mortgages in 1857, greenbacks during the Civil War, second-mortgage bonds in 1873, gold reserves in 1893, loan certificates in 1907, or banker 's acceptances in 1913, credit has consistently been the subject of a visceral struggle over what form money should assume and who would consequently have access to it. "3 Economic history cannot explain such a great transformation, let alone recognize it.4 Unfortunately, "capitalism" itself has already emerged as a marketing niche for publishers-a development most evident in Hyman's Borrow, whose glib prose and sloppy editing are as much a manifestation of the mass market as the subjects of the book-which threatens to empty it of critical meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-404
Number of pages7
JournalReviews in American History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy reorganization
  • Banks
  • Book reviews
  • Books
  • Capitalism
  • Consumer credit
  • Debt
  • Financial crises
  • History
  • Loans
  • Nelson, Hyman
  • Scott Reynolds, Louis
  • Profits
  • United States


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