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The World Economy between the World Wars$
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Charles H. Feinstein, Peter Temin, and Gianni Toniolo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307559.001.0001

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The Onset of the Great Depression

The Onset of the Great Depression

(p.93) Chapter 6 The Onset of the Great Depression
The World Economy between the World Wars

Charles H. Feinstein (Contributor Webpage)

Peter Temin (Contributor Webpage)

Gianni Toniolo

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The descent into the depression left bankers, politicians, industrialists, and farmers seemingly helpless in the face of the successive currency and banking crises, growing stocks of unsold food, falling prices, and ever-lengthening queues of men and women waiting desperately for work or for relief payments. This chapter traces the movement into the crisis as it developed and spread as the gold standard broke down, describing the course of the Great Depression in the main areas of the world. A fundamental shift in policy, the abandonment of the gold standard, was needed to arrest this economic contraction. The chapter also considers whether a change of policy in Germany could have forestalled the Nazi regime which imposed horrible costs on Germany and the world.

Keywords:   Great Depression, gold standard, currency crises, banking crises, German economic policies, Nazis, Fascist economies

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