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The Downfall of the Gold Standard

1st Edition

By Gustav Cassel


270 pages

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In this book, originally published in 1936, the author charts the sequence of events which converted him from an advocate of the restoration of the gold standard to a convinced opponent. His indictment of the gold standard is comprehensive and he attributes it as the chief cause of the economic difficulties of the 1920s. An invaluable commentary on the monetary instability of these crucial years, this book was written not only for economists and bankers but also for those interested in following the narrative of the most tumultuous events in the history of money.

Table of Contents

1. The Gold Standard in the Light of Pre-War Experience 2. The Post-War Reconstruction of the Gold Standard System 3. The Disruption of the New System 4. Postponement of Monetary Reform 5. The End of the Gold Standard 6. The London Conference 7. Silver 8. The Principal Monetary Systems After the London Conference 9. The Illusion of a Return to Gold. Index.

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
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Energy Industries