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Banque et société, XIXe–XXIe siècle

Identités croisées – Hommage à Pierre de Longuemar

Edited By Florence Descamps, Roger Nougaret and Laure Quennouëlle-Corre

Après une carrière de banquier, Pierre de Longuemar a consacré vingt-cinq ans à l’histoire des banques et à la sauvegarde des archives bancaires, notamment au sein de la banque Paribas, puis du Groupe BNP Paribas. Cet ouvrage rassemble vingt contributions d’amis, de banquiers et d’historiens qu’il a croisés dans cette seconde existence au service du patrimoine et de l’histoire.
Les sujets traités couvrent nombre des intérêts historiques de Pierre de Longuemar et entrent en résonance avec tel ou tel épisode de sa biographie ou de ses activités scientifiques. Trois parties ont été distinguées : l’analyse et la compréhension du système financier international contemporain par des acteurs et des observateurs de premier plan ; des contributions d’histoire économique et bancaire ; des articles d’histoire sociale ou d’entreprise.
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Visits to the banks of Paris, 1927-1962

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Edwin GREEN

In his long and distinguished career, Pierre de Longuemar has taken a keen interest in the history and development of banking relationships between Paris and London. Among his bank appointments he was Director for International Relations at Paribas from 1984 to 1987 and General Manager of Paribas London from 1987 to 1990. Later, as founder of the Paribas Historical Archives Department in 1990 and in his presidency of the Association for the History of BNP Paribas, he studied the origins of merchant banks and international banks in the two capitals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This chapter follows up Pierre’s interest in the Paris-London connection by searching bank archives for examples of information flows between the two cities. In particular the chapter describes a collection of reports by British bankers visiting France between the Depression years and the aftermath of the Treaty of Rome. These reports – by the managers of the Midland Bank’s Overseas Branch – throw light not only on the banks of Paris but also on the changing attitudes of British banks towards their international business.

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