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The Battle for Britain's Gold Standard in 1931

1st Edition

By Diane B Kunz


214 pages

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This book, originally published in 1987 sets the British political and financial crisis of 1931 in an international context by concentrating on the bankers who were primarily responsible for leading the fight to protect sterling in a world context. 1931 marks the point at which the near-autonomy which bankers had achieved during the 1920s began to decline and 1931 was thus the last attempt of important groups to return Britain to the Edwardian era. The reasons for their failure to do this are still pertinent in today's international financial climate and this study provides a definitive account of an eciting episode in British politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transactions of Great Satisfaction 1. Background to a Crisis: 1918-1930 2. Storm Before the Calm, Calm Before the Storm : January - May 1931 3. Today Germany, Tomorrow the World? June- July 1931 4. Saving the Pound: July - August 1931 5. Nobody Told Us We Could Do That: August - September 1931 6. Revelation. Conclusion: But What Good Came of It?

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Gold Standard

Re-issuing 8 seminal volumes in the history of economics, originally published between 1930 and 1987, but which still have enduring validity, the volumes in this set byBarthold A. Butenschøn, Karl Gustav Cassel, G. D. H. Cole, Diane B. Kunz, H. L. Puxley, George F. Warren and Frank A. Pearson and Charles Morgan Webb:

  • Set the British political and financial crisis of 1931 in an international context


  • Provide a definitive account of an exciting episode in British politics


  • Discuss the inadequacy of ‘orthodox Gold Standard theory’ in the light of post-war monetary phenomena


  • Form an invaluable commentary on the monetary instability of these crucial years


  • Represent an influential study of the relationship between the prices of gold and other commodities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative