Essays in Persuasion

Essays in Persuasion

by John Maynard Keynes


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The essays in this volume show Keynes's attempts to influence the course of events by public persuasion over the period of 1919-40.

In the light of subsequent history, Essays in Persuasion is a remarkably prophetic volume covering a wide range of issues in political economy. In articles on the Versailles Treaty. John Maynard Keynes foresaw all too clearly that excessive Allied demands for reparations and indemnities would lead to the economic collapse of Germany. In Keynes's essays on inflation and deflation, the reader can find ideas that were to become the foundations of his most renowned treatise, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936). With startling accuracy Keynes forecast the economic fluctuations that were to beset the economies of Europe and the United States and even proposed measures which, if heeded at the time, might have warded off an era of world-wide depression. His views on Soviet Russia, on the decline of laissez-faire, and the possibilities of economic growth are as relevant today as when Keynes originally set them forth.

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ISBN-13: 9781614273745
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 727,063
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was one of the greatest economic theorists of the twentieth century. He was chairman of the liberal journal of opinion The Nation and economics advisor for more than thirty years to British governments. He wrote several books, including his masterpiece, The General Theory of Employment, Essays in Persuasion, Interest and Money, the two-volume Treatise on Money, and A Tract on Monetary Reform.

Table of Contents

Introduction; D.Moggridge PART I: THE TREATY OF PEACE Paris The Capacity of German to Pay Reparations Proposals for the Reconstruction of Europe The Changing of Opinion War Debts and the United States PART II: INFLATION AND DEFLATION Inflation Social Consequences of Changes in the Value of Money The French Franc Can Lloyd George do it? The Great Slump of 1930 Economy The Consequences to the Banks of the Collapse of Money Values PART III: The Return to the Gold Standard Auri Sacra Fames Alternative Aims in Monetary Policy Positive Suggestions for the Future Regulation of Money The Speeches of the Bank Chairman The Economic Consequences of Mr. Churchill Mitigation by Tariff The End of the Gold Standard PART IV: POLITICS A Short View of Russia The End of Laissez-Faire Am I a Liberal? Liberalism and Labour PART V: THE FUTURE Clissold Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren PART VI: LATER ESSAYS The Means to Prosperity How to Pay for the War

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