Because of Alexander Hamilton’s policies, the United States achieved heights never previously seen, and in a historically unprecedented span of time. Sylla reflects both the Netherlands and Great Britain modernized earlier, but neither did so in a three-year stretch, nor had they modernized “as completely as” America by 1800. It is to Alexander Hamilton, then, Americans must give thanks for not only entering the modern financial age, but placing the nation upon the path to define the modern financial age by being its epicenter.
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