Hands Around the Globe: A History of the International Credit Union Movement and the Role and Development of World Council of Credit Unions, Inc

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Horsdal & Schubart, 1999 - History - 186 pages
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Credit Unions date back to community-based, co-operative banking that arose in Germany in the nineteenth century. In Canada, the first adherents gathered in Quebec; the caisses populaires were begun by Alphonse Desjardins in 1900.

At a recent congress of the World Council of Credit Unions, in Vancouver, B.C. over 2,000 delegates from 85 countries represented 36,000 credit unions with 90 million members and $380 billion (US) is assets.

As this book shows, growth has not always been easy; credit unions around the world took hold in a variety of social, political and cultural systems.

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The Origins are Diverse
Creating a Movement 19091941
The American Model 19411954

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