John Law and the Mississippi Bubble
S. Pollard discusses one of history's most controversial financial reformers.
The astonishing career of John Law has excited more discussion than that of any other financial reformer in history. Generations of historians have been fascinated by the story of the young Scotsman who fled for his life, after killing his opponent in a sordid duel in Bloomsbury, to become the virtual controller of France, then the richest and mightiest power in Europe, only to be hurled back after his disgrace into deep obscurity.
This article is available to History Today online subscribers only. If you are a subscriber, please log in.
Please choose one of these options to access this article:
- Purchase an online subscription
- Purchase a print and online subscription
- If you are already a print subscriber, purchase the online archive upgrade
Call our Subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 3219 7813 for more information.
If you are logged in but still cannot access the article, please contact us
- Middle East
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Early Modern
- 20th Century
- 21st Century
- Economic History
- Environmental History
- Historical Memory
- Science & Technology