The Bretton Woods Agreements Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents Naomi Lamoreaux, Ian Shapiro

Basic Documents in World Politics
Publication date:
13 Aug 2019
Yale University Press
504 pages: 210 x 140 x 26mm
5 b-w illus.
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Commentaries by top scholars alongside the most important documents and speeches concerning the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944

The two world wars brought an end to a long‑standing system of international commerce based on the gold standard. After the First World War, the weaknesses in the gold standard contributed to hyperinflation, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism, and ultimately World War II. The Bretton Woods Conference of 1944 arose out of the Allies’ desire to design a postwar international economic system that would provide a basis for prosperity, trade, and worldwide economic development.
Alongside important documents and speeches concerning the adoption and evolution of the Bretton Woods system, this volume includes lively, readable, original essays on such topics as why the gold standard was doomed, how Bretton Woods encouraged the adoption of Keynesian economics, how the agreements influenced late‑twentieth‑century ideas of international development, and why the agreements ultimately had to give way to other arrangements.

Naomi Lamoreaux is Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History at Yale University. Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University.

“A terrific compilation of original documents and commentaries on the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944. In this time of challenge, this book is a welcome reminder of why and how this important international agreement was formed and how it operated to influence the global economy.”—Helen Milner, Princeton University