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Money, savings and political crises in 20th-century France

Money, savings and political crises in 20th-century France is a thesis devoted to the study of savings and savers confronted with a highly specific type of crisis. We have used as a basis for our research the conclusions made in our master's dissertation devoted to the French savings banks during the crises of the 1930s[1].  In this dissertation, we analyzed the reaction of Caisses d'Epargne savers to all the political crises that punctuated that decade. From these different crises – whether they were banking, economic or political in nature – we noted that it was only economic crises that were liable to trigger a reaction on the part of Caisse d'Epargne depositors. Wars, industrial unrest, and international crises all had an influence on the movement of funds ranging from a reluctance to make deposits to the most uncontrolled forms of bank runs.

[1] Tournié Vincent, Épargne et crises dans la France des années trente, l'exemple des Caisses d'épargne, Paris, Edition de l'épargne, 2002.

 

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TOURNIE (Vincent)(2008): Money, savings and political crises in 20th-century France. 3rd Prize Winning Manuscript.

 

Financial History
Vincent Tournié
PhD student
University of Paris VII Denis Diderot