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Banking and benevolence: on the Rothschild family

A century and a half of generosity is recorded in a wide-ranging history of the family Within two generations during the 19th century, the Rothschild family left behind the restricted life of the Jewish quarter in Frankfurt, to become bankers to the world—a transformation that was swiftly followed by investment in art to demonstrate their arrival as a new European dynasty. James de Rothschild (1792-1868), the founder of the French branch of the family, was an energetic and talented man of affairs...

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