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The making of a masterpiece: John Maynard Keynes and the economic consequences of the peace

Cox, Michael (2020) The making of a masterpiece: John Maynard Keynes and the economic consequences of the peace. Global Perspectives, 1 (1). ISSN 2575-7350

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Identification Number: 10.1525/gp.2020.12103

Abstract

In December 1919 a former British official who had been present in Paris during the long negotiations leading to the Versailles peace treaty published a sixty-thousand-word tract. In just under two hundred pages, he first explained why the European order before the First World War had been fundamentally unstable; he then went on to attack those on the allied side who, in his opinion, had failed so miserably to construct a genuine peace; and finally (and at much greater length) he argued, with a battery of economic facts, that treating Germany generously would be a far wiser course of action than—as in fact happened—treating it like a pariah. Vengeance may have played to the gallery, and keeping Germany down may have made sense to those who had suffered so profoundly as a result of its actions between 1914 and 1918.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Regents of the University of California.
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 16:00
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 05:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116589

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