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International Financial History in the Twentieth Century
System and Anarchy

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Marc Flandreau, Harold James, Marc Flandreau, Mira Wilkins, Stephen A. Schuker, Kenneth Mouré, Robert Skidelsky, Jakob Tanner, Charles P. Kindleberger, F. Taylor Ostrander, Werner Abelshauser, Eric Helleiner, Louis W. Pauly
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143660

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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.

    • The globalization debate placed in its historical context
    • A study of comparative international economic history
    • Leading experts from different generations of economic history (Charles Kindleberger to Marc Flandreau)
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143660
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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, 1914–28 Kenneth Mouré
    5. Keynes's road to Bretton Woods: an essay in interpretation Robert Skidelsky
    6. Bretton Woods and the European neutrals, 1944–73 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

  • Editors

    Marc Flandreau, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris

    Carl-Ludwig Holtfrerich, Freie Universität Berlin

    Harold James, Princeton University, New Jersey


    Marc Flandreau, Harold James, Marc Flandreau, Mira Wilkins, Stephen A. Schuker, Kenneth Mouré, Robert Skidelsky, Jakob Tanner, Charles P. Kindleberger, F. Taylor Ostrander, Werner Abelshauser, Eric Helleiner, Louis W. Pauly

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