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Globalizing Capital : A History of the International Monetary System

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2nd
ISBN13:

9780691139371

ISBN10:
0691139377
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/15/2008
Publisher(s):
Princeton Univ Pr
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Summary

Globalizing Capitalwas first published more than ten years ago and it remains an indispensable part of the economic literature today. This classic book, written by renowned economist Barry Eichengreen, emphasizes the importance of the international monetary system, and its importance for understanding the international economy. Brief and lucid, this book is intended not only for economists, but also for a general audience of historians, political scientists, professionals in government and business, and anyone with a broad interest in international relations. Here, Eichengreen demonstrates that the international monetary system can be understood and effectively governed only if it is seen as a historical phenomenon extending from the period of the gold standard to today's world of fluctuating prices. This updated edition continues to document the effect of floating rate exchanges and contains a new chapter on topics such as the Asian financial crisis, the advent of the euro, and the future of the dollar.Globalizing Capitalclearly shows how these and other recent developments can be put in their proper perspective once their political and historical contexts are analyzed.

Author Biography

Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Gold Standardp. 6
Prehistoryp. 7
The Dilemmas of Bimetallismp. 8
The Lure of Bimetallismp. 12
The Advent of the Gold Standardp. 15
Shades of Goldp. 19
How the Gold Standard Workedp. 24
The Gold Standard as a Historically Specific Institutionp. 29
International Solidarityp. 32
The Gold Standard and the Lender of Last Resortp. 34
Instability at the Peripheryp. 37
The Stability of the Systemp. 41
Interwar Instabilityp. 43
Chronologyp. 44
Experience with Floating: The Controversial Case of the Francp. 49
Reconstructing the Gold Standardp. 55
The New Gold Standardp. 59
Problems of the New Gold Standardp. 61
The Pattern of International Paymentsp. 66
Responses to the Great Depressionp. 70
Banking Crises and Their Managementp. 73
Disintegration of the Gold Standardp. 75
Sterling's Crisisp. 78
The Dollar Followsp. 83
Managed Floatingp. 86
Conclusionsp. 89
The Bretton Woods Systemp. 91
Wartime Planning and Its Consequencesp. 94
The Sterling Crisis and the Realignment of European Currenciesp. 100
The European Payments Unionp. 104
Payments Problems and Selective Controlsp. 107
Convertibility: Problems and Progressp. 111
Special Drawing Rightsp. 115
Declining Controls and Rising Rigidityp. 118
The Battle for Sterlingp. 123
The Crisis of the Dollarp. 126
The Lessons of Bretton Woodsp. 132
After Bretton Woodsp. 134
Floating Exchange Rates in the 1970sp. 136
Floating Exchange Rates in the 1980sp. 142
The Snakep. 149
The European Monetary Systemp. 157
Renewed Impetus for Integrationp. 164
Europe's Crisisp. 168
Understanding the Crisisp. 172
The Experience of Developing Countriesp. 178
Conclusionsp. 183
A Brave New Monetary Worldp. 185
The Asian Crisisp. 192
Emerging Instabilityp. 198
Global Imbalancesp. 210
The Europ. 219
International Currency Competitionp. 225
Conclusionp. 228
Glossaryp. 233
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 259
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