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PRINCIPLES OF MONEY AND BANKING THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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THE BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY

NEW YORK
THE CUNNINGHAM, CURTISS & WELCH COMPANY

LOS ANGELES

THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

LONDON AND EDINBURGH

THE MARUZEN-KABUSHIKI-KAISHA

TOKYO, OSAKA, KYOTO

THE MISSION BOOK COMPANY

SHANGHAI

AND BANKING

A SERIES OF SELECTED MATERIALS, WITH

EXPLANATORY INTRODUCTIONS

BY

HAROLD G. MOULTON

CY
Surce

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Llist RY
JAN 12 1957

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PREFACE

This volume is the result of four years of experimentation in the teaching of an introductory course in Money and Banking. It is not a book of collateral readings or materials in the ordinary sense, but is designed to serve the purpose of a text and at the same time to give the student a breadth of view, a contact with reality, a stimulus to independent thinking, and a training in judgment and discrimination which are not afforded by the formal textbook. In a word, an attempt has been made to combine in one volume the virtues of both the text and collateral readings, and as far as possible to eliminate their defects. To this end there has been selected a large number of comparatively short arguments, expressions of opinion, and points of view, supplemented by source materials, charts, tables, etc., which, while covering the principles of money and banking as adequately as the ordinary text, avoid the dogmatic tendencies inherent in the textbook method and retain the suggestiveness of collateral readings without their usual bulkiness and admixture of irrelevant material. These numerous selections have, it is believed, been welded into an organic whole, and unity of treatment has been secured, not only by careful arrangement, but by means of general introductory statements prefaced to each chapter or division. As a further aid to the orderly unfolding and development of the subject the volume is accompanied by a series of questions and problems based upon the readings and published separately under the title: "Exercises and Questions in Money and Banking.”

During the four years of experimentation with the subject, a large proportion of the selections in this volume have, in mimeographed form, been repeatedly tested by classroom use. The exercises and questions have been developed with the readings and also tried out in class, with the result that after each trial there has been a very considerable revision, not only of the questions, but of the arrangement and organization of the readings as well. Moreover, these revisions have usually been made immediately following the class sessions from day to day, while the improvements suggested by the classroom discussions were fresh in mind.

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