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Keynes, John Maynard. The economic consequences of the peace. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.25"). , 298 pp. $30.00
First American edition of this criticism of the Treaty of Versailles from one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946), an attendee of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, who argued both on the spot and in this book for a more generous peace following World War I and a more promising economic future for all of Europe. The work => heavily influenced the public's opinion that the treaty was unfairly designed to crush Germany, Keynes predicting, rather ominously, that Germany would someday listen "to whatever instruction of hope, illusion, or revenge is carried to them in the air . . . to escape from their misfortunes. . . ." (p. 251).
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription of Ferdinand Manning, dated (despite publication information) 1919.
Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine, rubbed edges and slightly cocked; without the dust jacket. Pages lightly age-toned. => A nice copy. (37976) Please RESHELVE This.
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