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Jacob Schiff and the Art of Risk: American Financing of Japan's War with Russia (1904-1905)

Author:
Gower, Adam

ISBN:
978 3 319 90265 4
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
338
List price(s):
119.99 USD
89.99 GBP
99.99 EUR

Publication date:
6 July 2018

Short description: 

Jacob Henry Schiff (1847-1920), a German-born American Jewish banker, facilitated critical loans for Japan in the early twentieth century. This book's analysis differs from the consensus that Schiff funded Japan largely out of enmity towards Russia but rather sought to work with Japan for over thirty years.

Full description: 

Jacob Henry Schiff (1847-1920), a German-born American Jewish banker, facilitated critical loans for Japan in the early twentieth century. Working on behalf of the firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., Schiff's assertiveness in favour of Japan separated him from his fellow German Jewish financiers and the banking establishment generally. This book's analysis differs from the consensus that Schiff funded Japan largely out of enmity towards Russia but rather sought to work with Japan for over thirty years. This was as much a factor in his actions surrounding the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) as his concern to thwart Russian antisemitism. Of interest to financial historians alongside Japanese historians and academics of both genres, this book provides a lively and thoroughly researched volume that precisely focuses on Schiff's mastery of banking.

Table of contents: 

Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2.- Historiography.- Chapter 3. Jacob Schiff and His Cohort.- Chapter 4. Japan.- Chapter 5. The Business of Banking.- Chapter 6. The English Syndicate.- Chapter 7. Financing the War.- Chapter 8. Impact and Conclusions.

Biography: 

Adam Gower is a bilingual, 30-year veteran in real estate, banking, and finance who earned his Ph.D. in History at the University College London. He has held senior management positions at some of the largest companies and institutions in the world and is recognized as an industry thought leader on the impact of crowd funding on real estate. During the 1990's he lived in Japan, working as the President and CEO of a major Hollywood studio developing their real estate portfolio throughout the Asia Pacific Region. He lives and works in California, teaches investment and finance classes at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, and produces and hosts a syndicated podcast at the National Real Estate Forum. His work linking regulatory changes of today with practices described in this book are considered by many as groundbreaking.

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