Central Bank Cooperation at the Bank for International Settlements, 1930-1973

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This book covers the history of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the first-born among the international economic institutions, from its founding in Basel in 1930 to the end of the Bretton Woods system in 1973. While the focus is on cooperation among the main central banks for the stability and efficiency of the international monetary system, this book also offers an institutional history of the BIS.
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"A formidable work of financial history, admirably readable, and informed by finely tuned economic, political, and humane judgement." - Bernard Wasserstein Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

"We should all be grateful to Toniolo for by his efforts providing us with the material to address a large number of important questions, and for embedding that material in a useful and informative historical narrative." - Geoffrey Wood, Cass Business School, London

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Meet the Author

Gianni Toniolo is Professor of Economics at the Universit... di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy) and Research Professor of Economics at Duke University. A former professor of Economics and chair of the Economics Department at the University of Venice, he has held visiting positions at All Souls College and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and the University of Connecticut. He is also a Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and a member of the European Academy. Professor Toniolo is the author of several books in Italian and English on European and Italian economic growth from 1800 to the present and the history of financial markets and institutions with special reference to central banking, including The European Economy between the Wars (1997, with C. H. Feinstein and P. Temin) and An Economic History of Liberal Italy, 1850-1918 (1990). He is the editor of 17 books, including Patterns of European Industrialization: the Nineteenth Century (1991, with R. E. Sylla), Central Banks' Independence in Historical Perspective (1988), and Economic Growth in Europe Since 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 1996, with N. Crafts). Professor Toniolo is co-editor (with P. Ciocca and G. Federico) of Rivista di Storia Economica.

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Table of Contents

1 International payments and Central Bank cooperation 1
2 Gestation and birth 24
3 Organisation and first operations 61
4 The 1931 crisis and international lending 84
5 The end of reparations, the gold standard, and the 1933 London conference 115
6 An Autarkic and divided world 159
7 Wartime 201
8 Bretton Woods 260
9 Reconstructing multilateral payments 283
10 Achieving convertibility 309
11 The 1960, patching up the Bretton Woods system 350
12 Monetary union and financial stability 437
Annex A BIS statutes 1930 635
Annex B BIS balance sheet, 1930-2000 647
Annex C BIS board of directors and management, 1930-2005 661
Annex D Chronology of events, 1929-2005 667
Annex E Dramatis personae : biographical sketches 697
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