The British Government and the City of London in the Twentieth Century

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Oktober 2004



While many argue that the financial and commercial interests of London have exercised a dominant influence over government economic thinking, others claim that the financial sector has been constricted by government. The relationship between the British government and London has become central to debates on modern British economic, political and social life. This collection of essays brings together leading financial and political historians to directly address the issue.


Part I. The Long Perspective: 1. The City of London and government in modern Britain: debates and politics Philip Williamson; 2. The City of London and the British government: the changing relationship Ronald Michie; Part II. Markets and Society: 3. Markets and governments Forrest Capie; 4. Financial elites revisited Youssef Cassis; 5. The City and democratic capitalism 1950-70 Richard Whiting; Part III. Government and Political Parties: 6. The treasury and the City George Peden; 7. The liberals and the City 1900-31 Anthony Howe; 8. The conservatives and the City Ewen Green; 9. Labour party and the City 1945-70 Jim Tomlinson; Part IV. The Inter-War Period: 10. Moral suasion, Empire borrowers and the new issue market during the 1920s Bernard Attard; 11. Government-City of London relations under the gold standard, 1925-31 Robert Boyce; 12. The City, British policy and the rise of the Third Reich, 1931-37 Neil Forbes; Part V: 1945-2000: 13. Keynesianism, sterling convertibility and reconstruction, 1944-52 Scott Newton; 14. 'Mind the gap': politics and finance since 1950 Arthur Thomas; 15. Domestic monetary policy and the banking system. 1945-71 Duncan Ross; 16. The new City and the state in the 1960s Catherine Schenk; 17. The Bank of England 1970-2000 Charles Goodhart.


Ranald Michie is Professor of History at the University of Durham. His many publications in international financial history include The London and New York Stock Exchanges 1850-1914 (1987), The City of London: Continuity and Change Since 1850 (1992), and The London Stock Exchange: A History (1999). Philip Williamson is Professor of History at the University of Durham, and author of National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire 1926-1932 (1992) and Stanley Baldwin: Conservative Leadership and National Values (1999). He is also the author of articles on interwar politics and finance.


Review of the hardback: 'The essays are of a highly quality and will add enormously to our understanding of twentieth-century economic history.' Contemporary Review
EAN: 9780521827690
ISBN: 0521827698
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 394 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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