The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization

The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization

by R. Boyce
     
 

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In The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization, Robert Boyce draws on years of research to challenge the standard accepted narrative of interwar history. His work reopens fundamental debates on the role of economics, political ideologies and racism in shaping the course of events that led from one world war to the next, and explains, for the first

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In The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization, Robert Boyce draws on years of research to challenge the standard accepted narrative of interwar history. His work reopens fundamental debates on the role of economics, political ideologies and racism in shaping the course of events that led from one world war to the next, and explains, for the first time, why the world economic and political systems simultaneously broke down between the wars.

Unpicking the tangled relationship between the interwar political and economic convulsions, Boyce offers readers a new understanding of these events and their connection to our present globalized world. The Great Interwar Crisis raises profound questions about the responsibility of Britain, the United States, and the agents of international business and finance for the unravelling of the Versailles settlement after 1918, the collapse of globalization, and circumstances which ultimately led to the Second World War.

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'This is a splendid piece of scholarship, finely written, exhaustively researched, and interpretively bold. With his emphasis upon the symbiotic relationship of economics and politics, Boyce sees in the late 1920s the real beginnings of the drift toward a new war, and the Anglo-Americans as especially important players in that slow-motion collapse.'

- Robert J. Young, University of Winnipeg

'Robert Boyce merits the gratitude of all students of the 1930s for his ambitious effort to bring economics and finance together with diplomacy. In offering this exquisitely detailed and lavishly footnoted volume to the public, Boyce faced a difficult strategic choice. He could have simplified the argument, cut the text to half the length, abbreviated the notes, and addressed a general audience. Instead, he chose to give scholars the unabridged benefit of his strenuous archival labors. The book thus constitutes a vast quarry in which the specialist will find a wealth of material to use and reprocess'

- Stephen A. Schuker, H-Diplo

'The subject of Robert Boyce's thoughtful, deeply researched book is the failure of the victor powers in the First World War to create effective mechanisms to ensure global stability. '

- History Today, Adam I.P. Smith, Senior Lecturer in History at UCL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230302433
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
611
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BOYCEhas taught International History at the London School of Economics, UKfor many years as well as at the University of Toronto and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme at Dijon.

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