The Case for Gold / Edition 1

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Gold has been a central currency from about 600 BC down to the twentieth century. From Isaac Newton's recoinage of 1717 to the final closure of the Bretton Woods gold window by President Nixon, it was the pivot of the world exchange system. Gold reserves remain important to central banking.

The role of gold in the world's exchange system has been hotly contested by leading economists like John Locke, David Hume and Maynard Keynes - who attacked gold - and Jacques Rueff. Nevertheless, the arguments in favour of gold, which includes the quantity theory of money, have remained scattered. With the assistance of the World Gold Council, Pickering & Chatto has collected the most important arguments in favour of gold, including such seminal works as David Ricardo's High Price of Bullion and W Stanley Jevons, Money and the Mechanism of Exchange.

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Contents: Volume 1 Gerard de Malynes, 'A Treatise of the Canker of England's Commonwealth' (1601)
John Locke, Consequences of the Lowering of Interest, and Raising the Value of Money (1691)
David Hume, from Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary (1752)
Richard Cantillon, from Essay on the Nature of Trade in General (1755)
Henry Thornton, Enquiry into the Nature and Effects of the Paper Credit of Great Britain (1802)

Volume 2 Francis Horner, Report, together with Minutes of Evidence, and Accounts, from the Select Committee on the High Price of Gold Bullion (1810)
Thomas Robert Malthus, 'Depreciation of Paper Currency' (1811)
David Ricardo, High Price of Bullion, a Proof of the Depreciation of Bank Notes (1811)
David Ricardo, fromPrinciples of Political Economy and Taxation (1817)
John Stuart Mill, from Principles of Political Economy with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy (1848)
George Goschen, from The Theory of the Foreign Exchanges (1861)
W Stanley Jevons, from Money and the Mechanism of Exchange (1875)

Volume 3 W Stanley Jevons, from Investigations in Currency & Finance (1884)
Carl Menger, 'On the Origins of Money' (1892)
Knut Wicksell, from Lectures on Political Economy (1901-6)
Ludwig von Mises, from The Theory of Money and Credit (1912)
D. H. Robertson, from Money (1922)
R G Hawtrey, The Gold Standard in Theory and Practice (1927)
Murray N Rothbard, The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar (1962)
Jacques Rueff and Fred Hirsch, 'The Role and the Rule of Gold: An Argument' (1965)

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Editorial Reviews

After thanking the World Gold Council for support of this project, editor Rees-Mogg (affiliation not cited) provides a 10-page general introduction to the problematic logic of money, the role of central banks in sorting things out, and the functions, the controversies, and the history of the gold standard. He concludes by stating: "If the world loses confidence in non-convertible paper money...then gold, and the discipline of gold, may be the only way to restore stability." Then, in three volumes, 20 readings are presented without further commentary. The presentation is chronological, beginning with Gerard de Malynes, "A Treatise of the Canker of England's Commonwealth" (1601), and ending with Jacques Rueff and Fred Hirsch, "The Role and the Rule of Gold: An Argument" (1965). In between are articles and extracts by, among others: John Locke (1691), David Hume (1752), Richard Cantillon (1755), Henry Thornton (1802), Francis Horner (1810), Thomas Robert Malthus (1811), John Stuart Mill (1848), W. Stanley Jevons (1875), Carl Menger (1892), R.G. Hawtrey (1927), and Murray N. Rothbard (1962). A brief but servicable index appears in volume 3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851967575
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 992

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