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The public is fascinated with financial crashes. Historians portray the roar of an angry mob toppling presidents or prime ministers and destroying the property of those who are regarded as malefactors. And certainly, financial crisis is often a factor in political change. It is often overlooked, but nonetheless significant that one of the major causes for the French Revolution was the poor state of finances, with the nation coming to bankruptcy.

Large systemic financial crises create history. Various actors, big and small, become caught in the drama, contributing to it in their own special way. When Small Countries Crash seeks to capture some of the drama of financial collapses and their impact on small countries, which the authors define as populations under 10 million, generally 5-6 million. MacDonald and Novo have selected countries that have had a financial crisis in the national economy; that included key actors; and where access to reliable data is available.

As the authors demonstrate, the story of small countries suffering the costs of financial missteps is long and painful. They argue that smaller economies tend to be more vulnerable to economic shocks, many of which are externally generated. Small economies confront particular challenges in terms of economies of scale, diversification, and depth of expertise and workforce. The chapters in this absorbing book focus on Iceland, Latvia, Ireland, the Caribbean, Scotland, Finland, and Albania. This in-depth study is unique in its close look at financial disasters in countries that have, until now, been overlooked.

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Financial crises shape history. When Small Countries Crash captures the drama and impact of economic collapse in small nations. MacDonald and Novo tell the story of panics, bubbles, and ruin across the gamut of financial history from the seventeenth century to today, tracing the integral relationship between economic trouble and political instability. Small economies, the authors argue, are exposed to particular risks. They are often hostage to events in larger neighbors, lack economic diversification, face challenges in creating economies of scale, and are prone to precariously interconnected business relationships. While vulnerable to shocks from larger economies, troubles in small economies are a threat to larger systems as well. As the authors demonstrate in their analysis of Scotland, the Caribbean, Finland, Albania, Iceland, Ireland, and Greece, the cost of financial missteps for small countries is significant; and the road to recovery long and painful. This in-depth study is unique in its close look at financial disaster in countries that have, until now, been overlooked. In today s world, the lessons and legacies of financial crises in small countries are more relevant than ever.

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Scott B. MacDonald is Senior Managing Director and Head of Credit and Economics Research at Aladdin Capital Management, LLC. He is the author of numerous books, including European Destiny, Atlantic Transformations, A History of Credit and Power in the Western World, and Separating Fools from Their Money.




Andrew R. Novo received his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. He specializes in the history of the Mediterranean world, both ancient and modern, and works as a researcher and writer for Harvard University.

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