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Mountains of Debt: Crisis and Change in Renaissance Florence, Postwar Britain, and Postwar America

Michael Veseth


This book surveys the growth and decline of the Florentine economy, and that of Victorian Britain, and relates their experiences to the United States in the era following World War II, a period notable for accumulating public debt. It also speculates on what options the United States may have to avoid the fates of Florence and Victorian Britain in the future.

Keywords: economy, Victorian Britain, World War, public debt, United States, Florence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780195064209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Veseth, author
University of Puget Sound