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Three Perspectives on the Bretton Woods System

  • Barry Eichengreen.

The twenty years that have passed since the collapse of the Bretton Woods System provide sufficient distance to safely assess the operation of the post-World War II international monetary system. This paper considers the history and historiography of Bretton Woods from three perspectives. First, I ask how the questions posed today about the operation of Bretton Woods differ from those asked twenty years ago. Second, I explore how today's answers to familiar questions differ from the answers offered in the past. Third, I examine the implications of Bretton Woods experience for international monetary reform.

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