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The Resource War and gold : a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt, Kwasi Kwarteng

War and gold : a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt, Kwasi Kwarteng

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War and gold : a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt
Title
War and gold
Title remainder
a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt
Statement of responsibility
Kwasi Kwarteng
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This history of money describes the gold standard, which began in 16th century Spain's quest to collect as much gold as possible through the introduction of paper money as a means of wartime financing during the French and American Revolutions
  • "The world was wild for gold. After discovering the Americas, and under pressure to defend their vast dominion, the Habsburgs of Spain promoted gold and silver exploration in the New World with ruthless urgency. But, the great influx of wealth brought home by plundering conquistadors couldn' t compensate for the Spanish government' s extraordinary military spending, which would eventually bankrupt the country multiple times over and lead to the demise of the great empire. Gold became synonymous with financial dependability, and following the devastating chaos of World War I, the gold standard came to express the order of the free market system. Warfare in pursuit of wealth required borrowing - a quickly compulsive dependency for many governments. And when people lost confidence in the promissory notes and paper currencies issued during wartime, governments again turned to gold. In this captivating historical study, Kwarteng exposes a pattern of war-waging and financial debt - bedmates like April and taxes that go back hundreds of years, from the French Revolution to the emergence of modern-day China. His evidence is as rich and colorful as it is sweeping. And it starts and ends with gold."--Book jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
332.422/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HG289
LC item number
.K93 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
War and gold : a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt, Kwasi Kwarteng
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-410) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Guns and shells
  • Victors and vanquished
  • World crisis
  • Bretton Woods
  • Peace: the new dollar order, 1945-1973 :
  • Pax Americana
  • Weary titans
  • Japan Incorporated
  • Imperial retreat
  • Paper: the end of gold, 1973- : The
  • Gold: the establishment of order, c. 1500-1914 :
  • impact of oil
  • Thatcher and Reagan ;
  • The
  • creation of the Euro ;
  • The
  • rise of China
  • Delusions of debt
  • Crises and 'bailouts'
  • Appendix.
  • Value of gold stock to world GDP
  • Sweat of the sun
  • Rival nations: England and France
  • Revolutions
  • Pillars of order
  • Great republic
  • London 1914
  • War: the consequences of Armageddon, 1914-1915 :
Control code
ocn880225952
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
424 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586487683
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013952850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)880225952
Label
War and gold : a 500-year history of empires, adventures, and debt, Kwasi Kwarteng
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-410) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Guns and shells
  • Victors and vanquished
  • World crisis
  • Bretton Woods
  • Peace: the new dollar order, 1945-1973 :
  • Pax Americana
  • Weary titans
  • Japan Incorporated
  • Imperial retreat
  • Paper: the end of gold, 1973- : The
  • Gold: the establishment of order, c. 1500-1914 :
  • impact of oil
  • Thatcher and Reagan ;
  • The
  • creation of the Euro ;
  • The
  • rise of China
  • Delusions of debt
  • Crises and 'bailouts'
  • Appendix.
  • Value of gold stock to world GDP
  • Sweat of the sun
  • Rival nations: England and France
  • Revolutions
  • Pillars of order
  • Great republic
  • London 1914
  • War: the consequences of Armageddon, 1914-1915 :
Control code
ocn880225952
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
424 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586487683
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013952850
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)880225952

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