National Debt in Britain 1850-1930

1st Edition

Jeremy Wormell

Published July 22, 1999
Reference - 2924 Pages
ISBN 9780415195782 - CAT# RU18659


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In the period from the Crimean War to the end of the First World War there was a massive increase in the size of British National Debt. These volumes chart the history of the debt during this period. They explore why the debt grew and how it was accommodated.
The set combines previously published materials with extremely rare archival texts, drawn from the Public Record Office, the Bank of England Archives and the John Pierpoint Morgan Archives, among others.
Particular attention is paid to the creation of the financial instruments necessary to sustain the debt. For the bulk of the period the pre-occupation was with repaying the debt, and the set discusses the measures considered for this purpose. However with the end of the set and Keynes' arrival in the treasury came the final acceptance that high levels of national indebtedness were going to be a permanent feature of national economies.

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