Read the myth
The Rothschild-Waterloo myth first gained wide currency thanks to this French pamphlet of 1846 appears to have set the ball rolling:Satan (Georges Dairnvaell) (1846) Histoire Edifiante et Curieuse de Rothschild 1er, Roi des Juifs, Paris. PP11-12.In the century and a half since then it has assumed many forms and has been repeated by a great variety of writers in very different kinds of publication. Here is a selection. (If you know of others, and I know there are many more, please let me know through the Contact page of this website.) Note: It’s worth stressing that while the myth and its propagation owe a good deal to anti-Semitism, many of these writers have had no such motivation.
Histories of the Rothschilds
- Ferguson, N. (1998) The House of Rothschild vol 1: Money’s Prophets 1798- 1848 Penguin London Pp 98-9
- Gille, B. (1965) Histoire de la Maison Rothschild vol I Des Origines a 1848. Droz, Geneva. P56.
- ‘Rothschild’, by Eugene de Mirecourt, in Portraits et Silhouettes au XIXeme siècle (1870) Paris Librairie des Contemporains v103 p16.
- Demachy, E. (1896) Les Rothschild: Une famille de financiers juifs au XIX siècle v1, Paris, pp65-85.
- Reeves, J. (1887) The Rothschilds: the financial rulers of nations, John Murray, London, p 169 et seq
- Balla, I. (1913) The Romance of the Rothschilds London, Eveleigh Nash pp88- 93.
- Corti, Count E.C. (1928) The Rise of the House of Rothschild London, Gollanz. Pp178-9
- Magid, 6 April 1868. A translation appears in Rothschild, V. (see below)
- Davis, R. (1983) The English Rothschilds Collins, London. P35.
- Wilson, D. (1995, revised ed) Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power. London, Mandarin. P58.
- (It’s worth mentioning two books that challenged the myth:
- Rothschild, Baron V. (1982) The Shadow of a Great Man New Court, London
- Kaplan, H.K. (2006) Nathan Mayer Rothschild and the Creation of a Dynasty 1806-1816 Stanford University Press pp 144- 7.)
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed., vol XX111 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. P.758
- Encyclopaedia Americana (1977) New York, Americana Corp. vol 23, p717.
- Dictionary of National Biography (1897).
Books of business history
- Martin, F (1865) Stories of Banks and Bankers. London, Macmillan, pp73-6.
- Noel-Fearn, H (1866) The Money Market. London, Warne & Co, p191.
- Ferguson, N. (2008). The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. London, Allen Lane. Pp84-87;
- Bookstaber, R. (2007) A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation. Wiley, New Jersey pp 88-90;
- Bernstein, W.J. (2004) The birth of plenty: how the prosperity of the modern world was created in London, McGraw-Hill p181;
- Levine, A. (2000) Case studies in Jewish business ethics Library of Jewish law and ethics vol 22. Hoboken, NJ, KTAV publishing pp 160-3
- Dulles, Allen (1963) The Craft of Intelligence New York, Harper and Row
- Colby, R. (1965) The Waterloo Despatch London, HMSO.
- (1865) The Christian Miscellany and Family Visiter, 2nd Series, Volume 11, London, Wesleyan Conference Office. p115.
- Longford, E. (1972) Wellington: Pillar of State. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London. pp7-8;
- Muir, R. (1996) Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon 1807-1815. Yale University Press;
- Thompson, N. (1999) Earl Bathurst and the British Empire 1762-1834. Cooper, Barnsley. P97.
- Quinn, H. (2010) Dr Darwin’s Waterloo Pigeon. Oxfordshire, Writersworld.
- Faulks, S. (2009) A Week in December. Vintage, London
- http://www.modernhistoryproject.org/mhp/ArticleDisplay.php?Article=FinalWa rn01-4;
- http://www.theforumsite.com/forum/topic/Rothschild-Bought-Britain-During- the-Battle-of-Waterloo/191792;