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Bankers and Bolsheviks

International Finance and the Russian Revolution

Hassan Malik



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Princeton University Press
04 August 2020
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
By:   Hassan Malik
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691202228
ISBN 10:   0691202222
Pages:   318
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hassan Malik is a financial historian and works in investment management, specializing in emerging markets.

Reviews for Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution

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 default in history is a must-read for macro investors navigating today's challenging global markets. --Steve Drobny, founder and CEO, Clocktower Group A highly readable tale of one of history's biggest booms and busts, with valuable perspective for contemporary investors. --Emmanuel Roman, CEO, PIMCO A fascinating study of an overlooked topic. ---Andrew Stuttaford, Wall Street Journal

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