Monetary Regimes in Transition

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This important contribution to comparative economic history examines different countries' experiences with different monetary regimes, laying particular emphasis on how the regimes fared when placed under stress such as wars and/or other changes in the economic environment. Covering the experience of ten countries over the period 1700-1990, the contributors employ the latest techniques of economic analysis in their studies. Several papers are concerned with the transformation from bimetallism to gold monometallism in the nineteenth century and the determinants of monetary regimes' transformation in the core countries of Britain, France, and the United States. Others focus on the successful and unsuccessful gold standard experiences of Canada, Australia, and Spain, while yet others examine the experience of wartime and postwar stabilizations surrounding the two World Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.
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"...well-produced and thought-provoking set of essays...." Tim Congdon, Times Literary Supplement
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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
2 The scramble for gold: monetary regime transformation in the 1870s 15
3 The Latin Monetary Union and the emergence of the international gold standard 68
4 Greenback resumption and silver risk: the economics and politics of monetary regime change in the United States, 1862-1900 86
5 Spain during the classical gold standard years, 1880-1914 135
6 Canada and the gold standard, 1871-1914: a durable monetary regime 173
7 Australia's payments adjustment and capital flows under the international gold standard, 1870-1913 201
8 British and French finance during the Napoleonic Wars 241
9 Interpreting a change in monetary policy regimes: a reappraisal of the first Hungarian hyperinflation and stabilization, 1921-28 274
10 Halting inflation in Italy and France after the Second World War 312
11 The rise and fall of credit controls: the case of Sweden, 1939-89 346
12 An assessment of monetary regimes 373
Index 384
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