International Financial History in the Twentieth Century: System and Anarchy / Edition 1

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The essays in this book examine the long history of the international financial system in terms of the current debate about globalization and its limits. In the nineteenth century, international markets existed without international institutions. In the interwar years, attempts (largely unsuccessful) at designing a genuine international trade and monetary system were made at the same time (coincidentally) that the system collapsed. In the post-1945 era, the intended design effort was infinitely more successful. The development of large international capital markets since the 1960s, however, increasingly frustrated attempts at international control.

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"...the set of essays contained in the book is extraordinary." EH.NET

"These carefully researched empirical studies provide a welcome antidote to much of today's hubristic and overconfident rhetoric and predictions about the accomplishments and potential of the often poorly defined concept of globalization." Business History Review

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Contributors; Preface; Introduction Marc Flandreau and Harold James; 1. Caveat Emptor: coping with sovereign risk under the international gold standard, 1871–1913 Marc Flandreau; 2. Conduits for long-term foreign investment in the gold standard era Mira Wilkins; 3. The gold-exchange standard: A reinterpretation Stephen A. Schuker; 4. The bank of France and the gold standard, 1914–1928 Kenneth Mouré; 5. Keynes's road to Bretton Woods: an essay in interpretation Robert Skidelsky; 6. Bretton Woods and the European neutrals, 1944–1973 Jakob Tanner; 7. The 1948 monetary reform in Western Germany Charles P. Kindleberger and F. Taylor Ostrander; 8. The burden of power: military aspects of international financial relations during the long 1950s Werner Abelshauser; 9. Denationalizing money? Economic liberalism and the 'national question' in currency affairs Eric Helleiner; 10. International financial institutions and national economic governance: aspects of the new adjustment agenda in historical perspective Louis W. Pauly; Index.

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