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By Helen M. Davies

Emile (1800-75) and Isaac Pereire (1806-80) have been pivotal and sensational figures, their lives and careers a lens in which to reconsider the historical past of France within the 19th century. They have been one of the first new release of Jews emancipated by means of the French Revolution. major Saint-Simonians, they contributed to its philosophy of economic and fiscal reform. They have been one of the first to enforce the hot rail expertise in France and their Saint-Simonian figuring out that significant railway improvement required funding capital on an exceptional scale observed them release the 1st funding financial institution of any measurement in Europe, the Crédit Mobilier. This grew to become the protecting corporation for a chain of vital organizations during which it had significant investments. The Pereires got here to face at the back of banks and railways all through Europe and within the Ottoman Empire and have been fundamental to Napoleon III's international in addition to family rules, significant gamers in France's industrialisation and the modernisation of its banking system.

This is their first biography in English. beginning with their early lives within the Sephardic neighborhood of Bordeaux, it follows their advent to Saint-Simonianism in recovery Paris, their early careers as railways marketers, and the dizzying heights they reached eventually in Napoleon III's moment Empire. it's both a social and cultural background of Jews in France, addressing the capacity in which the Pereires controlled their company empire and the position performed through relatives existence in its good fortune. it's going to entice academics and scholars attracted to French and Jewish background, and to the overall reader of biography.

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