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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.

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