*The Gold Standard at the Turn of the Twentieth Century*

The author is Steven Bryan, a historian, and the subtitle is Rising Powers, Global Money, and the Age of Empire.  This book offers a great deal of previous unpresented information on the operation of the gold standard in Japan, Russia, Turkey, and Argentina, based on original rather than secondary sources.  Here is a summary paragraph at the end of the book:

The connection between nineteenth-century great power politics, empire building, and militarism and the gold standard was obscured after World War I in the rush to reinstate the form of the gold standard while ignoring its substance and the varied rationales and motivations that had supported it.  Despite the rose-colored hues of nostalgia that flourished after the war, the gold standard did not exist in some magical land separate from the rest of the late nineteenth-century world.  For better or worse, the gold standard was as much a part of the age of empire as it was of the age of industry.

Here is the book's home page.  Here is the p.99 test applied to the book.


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