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Woven in - 125 Years of Deutsche Bank in Latin America

Special edition for the Historical Association of Deutsche Bank, Munich: Piper, 2012, 191 pp., multilingual English/Spanish/Portuguese

How closely Deutsche Bank is interwoven with Latin America is shown in this illustrated history. Ever since the doors of its first branch opened in Argentina in 1887, Deutsche Bank has been making a decisive contribution to economic developments in this major world region. This book tells the story of how it happened with captivating pictures from five countries over 125 years.

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Deutsche Bank in China

Munich: Piper 2008, 136 pp., approx. 200 images

Deutsche Bank first established a presence in China with the opening of an office in Shanghai. Today it is a locally incorporated bank in China, with branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, as well as regional hub in Hong Kong SAR. This book tells the history of Deutsche Bank in China from the magnificence of the late 19th century of the fascinating excitement of the present. It is a story in pictures that could hardly be more colourful, diverse or replete with historical detail.

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Christopher Kobrak – Banking on Global Markets. Deutsche Bank and the United States, 1870 to the Present

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 484pp.

Banking on Global Markets uses the story of the business and political dealings of Germany’s largest bank with the United States to illuminate important developments in the ongoing globalization of major financial institutions. Throughout its nearly 140-year-long history, Deutsche Bank served as one of Germany’s principal vehicles for forging economic and other links with the rest of the world. Despite some early successes in the face of severe obstacles, for Deutsche Bank the U.S. market probably remained its highest foreign priority and its most frustrating challenge. As with many foreign investors, Deutsche Bank found its hopes of harnessing America’s enticing opportunities dashed by many regulatory and political barriers. Relying on primary-source material, Banking on Global Markets traces Deutsche Bank involvement with the U.S. in the context of a changing national and international regulatory and economic environment, which set the stage for its strategies and activities in the U.S. and, at times, even in its home country. It is the story of how international cooperation furthered and conflict hindered those endeavors, and how international banking evolved from a very personalized business between nations to one dominated by enormous transnational markets. It is a work designed for anyone interested in how cross-border flows of information and capital have affected history and how our modern form of globalization distinguishes itself from that of earlier periods. A professor of finance and writer of history, Christopher Kobrak weaves together how these financial, political and institutional developments have helped shape the emerging new international order.
Christopher Kobrak teaches corporate finance and business history at ESCP-EAP, European School of Management, concentrating on international finance, history of capital markets, and financial theory. His publications include: National Cultures and International Competition: The Experience of Schering AG, 1851–1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), European Business, Dictatorship and Political Risk, 1920–1945, edited with Per Hansen (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004).

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