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Banquiers de la Belle Époque, les dirigeants de la Société Générale vers 1900


  • Chantai Ronzon-Bélot


[eng] The analysis of multiple and various sources let appear the trend of renewal in the bank elite, during the last twenty years before 1914. Some people, beginning as employees, without financial resources or relations, but competent and leaders, take control of the banks. Talent take the place of birth. Like the other big credit establishments, Société Générale knows a rapid expansion at the end of the 19th century. Its managers, as Louis Dorizon did, sometimes realised good social climb; their success could be explained less by their origins than by their vocational training and their human abilities. However, did they really become well integrated into the Finance world, told so closed? [fre] L'analyse de sources multiples et dispersées fait apparaître les grandes tendances du renouvellement des élites bancaires, au cours des vingt ans précédant 1914. Des hommes issus du rang, sans capital ni relations, mais compétents et meneurs d'hommes, prennent alors les commandes des grandes banques. Le talent remplace la naissance. Comme les autres grandes banques par actions, la Société Générale est en plein essor à la fin du XIXe siècle. Ses dirigeants ont parfois réalisé de belles ascensions sociales, tel Louis Dorizon; leur réussite s'explique moins par leurs origines que par leur formation et par leurs qualités humaines. Étaient-ils cependant réellement bien intégrés au monde de la Finance, réputé si clos?

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  • Chantai Ronzon-Bélot, 2004. "Banquiers de la Belle Époque, les dirigeants de la Société Générale vers 1900," Histoire, économie & société, Programme National Persée, vol. 23(3), pages 411-432.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:hiseco:hes_0752-5702_2004_num_23_3_2432
    Note: DOI:10.3406/hes.2004.2432

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