Carlo Edoardo Altamura 2

Carlo Edoardo ALTAMURA

Research Fellow, Centre for Finance and Development
Spoken languages
Italian, French, English, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Banking and financial history
  • Financial globalisation
  • Oil shocks
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Eurodollar market
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Central America
  • South America


Carlo Edoardo Altamura is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Research Fellow at the Department of International History since March 2019. He is the Principal Investigator of the research project entitled Business with the Devil? Assessing the Financial Dimension of Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America, 1973-85.
 The four-year project investigates the interactions between international financial institutions, Western commercial banks and authoritarian regimes in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

After obtaining a double PhD in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva and Uppsala University, he was awarded the 'Eugène Choisy and Charles Borgeaud postdoctoral fellowship' from the Academic Society of Geneva and held visiting positions at Waseda University, the University of Cambridge and at the Centro de Estudios Históricos, El Colegio de México. His current interests lie in post-war international financial history in the West and in the developing world, the historical origins of financial globalisation and the political uses of debt.


Selected Publications

  • “From Bretton Woods to CAP and Barre-Memorandum", in Mathieu Segers and Steven van Hecke (eds.), The Cambridge History of the European Union, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, forthcoming 2022.
  • “The Market Always Wins: Industry and Market Shifts in Banking and Insurance, 1950-2010” (with Niels-Viggo Haueter), in Matthias Kipping, Takafumi Kurosawa and D. Eleanor Westney (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Industry Dynamics, Oxford University Press, London and New York, forthcoming 2021.
  • “Introduction to the FHR Special Issue: Finance, Financiers and Financial Centres” (with Martin Daunton), Financial History Review, December 2020. 
  • Finance, Financiers and Financial Centres (edited with Martin Daunton), Special Issue in honour of Youssef Cassis of the Financial History Review, December 2020.
  • “Politics, International Banking and the Debt Crisis of 1982” (with Juan H. Flores Zendejas), Business History Review,  forthcoming.
  • “Global Banks and Latin American Military Dictators, 1974-1982”, Business History Review, 2020
  • European Banks and the Rise of International Finance: The Post-Bretton Woods Era, Routledge, London and New York, 2017.
  • 'The Paradox of the 1970s: The Renaissance of International Banking and the Rise of Public Debt', Journal of Modern European History, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2017), 529-553.
  • 'Recycling Oil Wealth: European Commercial Banks and the Eurodollar Market' in A. Beltran, E. Bussière and G. Garavini (eds.), L’Europe et la question énergétique. Les années 1960/1980, Peter Lang, Bruxelles, New York and Oxford, 2016.
  • 'Banking and Financial Sector' (with Y. Cassis and M. Larsson) in Y. Cassis, A. Colli and H. Schröter (eds.), The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century, Oxford University Press, London and New York, 2016.
  • 'A New Dawn for European Banking: The Oil Crisis and the Rise of International Banking', Zeitschrift für Unterhehmensgeschichte/Journal of Business History, Vol. 60, Issue 1 (2015), 29-51.
  • 'La banque dans la tourmente: les banques françaises, la Banque de France et le marché de l’euro- dollar', Histoire@Politique, Vol. 1, No. 19 (2013), 101-113.
Carlo Edoardo ALTAMURA