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A Free Nation Deep in Debt:
The Financial Roots of Democracy
James Macdonald

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: THE FINANCIAL ROOTS OF DEMOCRACY 3

CHAPTER 1. TRIBES AND EMPIRES 10
Rags to Riches 10
Barbarians at the Gate 18
The Free Men Fight Back 24
Greeks and Their "Gifts" 31
Civic Debt 36
Kings and Tyrants 42
The Carthaginian Wars 45
Imperium Romanum 51
Breakdown 56

CHAPTER 2. CITIZEN CREDITORS 67
The Return of the City-State 67
La Serenissima 72
La Superba 77
The Monte Comune 81
The Twilight of Repayable Taxes 84
San Giorgio 94
Selfish Citizens 100

CHAPTER 3. SOVEREIGN DEBT 105
Kings and Merchants 105
The Treasure of the Indies 115
Antwerp and Lyons 122
Serial Bankruptcy 128
Folie des Offices 138

CHAPTER 4. RESISTANCE TO THE HEGEMON 148
The League of Cities 148
Regicide 157
Glorious Revolution 166

CHAPTER 5. THE CHIMERA 179
Le Roi Soleil 179
Post-bellum Depression 185
The Chimera 190
The Bubble 205

CHAPTER 6. THE DILEMMA 220
Mopping Up 221
The Ruling Class 227
The Dilemma 239
The Limits of Absolutism 255
Aristocratic Revolution 266

CHAPTER 7. REVOLUTION 272
A New World 277
The First and Second American Revolutions 289
Enemies of the People 307
The Elephant and the Whale 334

CHAPTER 8. BOURGEOIS CENTURY 347
Pax Britannica 348
The Heyday of Bourgeois Finance 355
Ties of Identity 366
A Nation of Rentiers 377
Greenbacks and 5-20s 384

CHAPTER 9. NATIONS AT ARMS 400
Total War (Part I) 400
The Settlement of Accounts (Part I) 413
Total War (Part II) 435
Totalitarian War 445
The Settlement of Accounts (Part II) 456

Epilogue: THE END OF THE AFFAIR 465
A Note on Currencies 477

Glossary 483
Notes 487
Bibliography 523
Acknowledgments 545
Index 547

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