Some introductory works on financial history for investors

Aliber, Robert Z, Charles Poor Kindleberger, and Charles Poor Kindleberger. Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Bagehot, Walter. Lombard Street-A Description of the Money Market. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

Bernanke, Ben S. “Nonmonetary Effects of the Financial Crisis in the Propagation of the Great Depression.” The American Economic Review 73, no. 3 (June 1983): 257–76.

Bernstein, Peter L. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.

Bordo, Michael D., Alan M. Taylor, and Jeffrey G. Williamson, eds. Globalization in Historical Perspective. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Cassis, Youssef. Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005. Translated by Jacqueline Collier. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Cassis, Youssef. City Bankers, 1890-1914. Cambridge [England] ; Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Cassis, Youssef and Laure Quennouëlle-Corre. Financial Centres and International Capital Flows in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Drelichman, Mauricio, and Hans-Joachim Voth. Lending to the Borrower from Hell: Debt, Taxes, and Default in the Age of Philip II. Princeton ; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Eichengreen, Barry, and John L. Simpson. Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939 (NBER Series on Long-Term Factors in Economic Development). Oxford University Press, USA, 1992.

Ferguson, Niall. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. Penguin Books, 2008.

Ferguson, Niall. The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000. Basic Books, 2001.

Ferguson, Niall. The House of Rothschild: Volume 1: Money’s Prophets: 1798-1848. New Ed edition. Penguin Books, 1999.

Ferguson, Niall. The House of Rothschild: Volume 2: The World’s Banker: 1849-1998. Revised edition. Penguin Books, 2000.

Friedman, Milton, and Anna Jacobson Schwartz. A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 (National Bureau of Economic Research Publications). Princeton University Press, 2008.

Kennedy, Paul. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Vintage). 1 edition. Vintage, 2010.

Kindleberger, Charles Poor. A Financial History of Western Europe. London: Routledge, 2007.

Klaus, Ian. Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

MacDonald, James. A Free Nation Deep in Debt: The Financial Roots of Democracy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Mackay, Charles. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. [S.l.]: Maestro Reprints.

Neal, Larry. The Rise of Financial Capitalism: International Capital Markets in the Age of Reason. Studies in Monetary and Financial History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Reinhart, Carmen M., and Kenneth Rogoff. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. Reprint edition. Princeton University Press, 2009.