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WAR AND GOLD

Kwasi Kwartgeng

 
 

Sub-title: A 500-year history of Empires, Adventures, and Debt, Public Affairs, n. Y., 2014, 424 pgs., index, bibliography, notes, illustrations

 
 

Reviewer's comments: The author cuts off the history of debt before 1500 - He notes that the huge increase in gold and silver generated by the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru was a dramatic turing point in history. His objective is to examine and analyse the causes and results of the fianaical crisis of 2008. His selection of a starting date for this analysis is a good one. The firsr chapters are critical, the author provides a clear picture, but does not expand the latent points by sufficient analysis of what he is describing.

 
 

Introduction

 
 

Chapter 1 - Sweat of the Sun

 
 

Chapter 2 - Rival Nations - England and France

 
 

Chapter 3 - Revolutions

 
 

Chapter 4 - Pillars of Order

 
 

Chapter 5 - Great Republic

 
 

Chapter 6 - London 1914

 
 

Chapter 7 - Guns and Shells

 
 

Chapter 8 - Victors and Vanquished

 
 

Chapter 9 - World Crisis

 
 

Chapter 10 - Bretton Woods

 
 

Chapter 11 - Pax Americana

 
 

Chapter 12 - Weary Titans

 
 

Chapter 13 - Japan Incorporated

 
 

Chapter 14 - Imperial Retreat

 
 

Chapter 15 - The Impact of Oil

 
 

Chapter 16 - Thatcher and Regan

 
 

Chapter 17 - The Creation of the Euro

 
 

Chapter 18 - The Rise of China

 
 

Chapter 19 - Delusions of Debt

 
 

Chapter 20 - Crises and 'Bailouts'

 
 

Epilogue and Conclusion

 

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