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The glitter of gold : France, bimetallism, and the emergence of the international gold standard, 1848-1873

Author: Marc Flandreau
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work studies the operation of the international monetary system that prevailed before the emergence of the international gold standard. It shows that France's ability to trade gold for silver, and vice versa, effectively pegged the exchange rate between gold and silver at its legal ratio.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Flandreau
ISBN: 0199257868 9780199257867
OCLC Number: 57665786
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translation of: L'or du monde : la France et la stabilité du système monétaire international, 1848-1873.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 319 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction: King Bullion: The International Monetary Regime, 1848-73 ; PART I: THE LOGIC OF ARBITRAGE ; 1. Bimetalism in Theory ; 2. Gold-Silver Points: Domestic Arbitrages and the Bimetallic System ; 3. Bimetallic Exchange Rates: An Exploration ; 4. Coin Memories: New Estimates of France's Specie Stock (1840 to 1878) ; PART II: POLICY AND PROFIT: THE MICROECONOMICS OF BIMETALLISM ; 5. The Rules of the Bimetallic Game ; 6. Scale and Scope: Coinage, Arbitrage and Bimetallism ; PART II: MACROECONOMICS: BIMETALLISM'S SUCCESS AND FAILURE ; 7. How did International Bimetallism Work? A Monetary Theory ; Conclusion: The Glitter and the Shine ; Appendixes
Other Titles: Or du monde.
France, bimetallism, and the emergence of the international gold standard, 1848-1873
Responsibility: Marc Flandreau ; translated by Owen Leeming ; revised and enlarged by the author.

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Based on statistical and archival material, this book deals with the operation of the international monetary system of the mid-nineteenth century. It explains how this system was able to weather the  Read more...

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