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KEYNES, John Maynard
The Economic Consequences of the Peace. London: Macmillan, 1919.
2000. First edition, first impression of Keynes's second book, which established him as a leading economist. The initial print-run was 5000 copies but 2000 were lost at sea between Edinburgh and London. It was reprinted in 1920. After WW1, Keynes attended the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 as a delegate of the British Treasury, but he resigned in protest at the huge reparations imposed on Germany. He wrote this book directly afterwards as a condemnation of Allied policy which, he argued, was detrimental not only to Germany but to all the nations of Europe. The Marshall Plan, which aimed to rebuild Europe after WW2, was similar to the system proposed by Keynes in The Economic Consequences of the Peace. As a young man, Bryan Magee once asked Bertrand Russell who was the most intelligent person he'd ever met. Russell replied unhesitatingly 'Keynes - every time I argued with him I felt as though I were taking my life in my hands' (Magee, Confessions of a Philosopher, 1998). PROVENANCE: from the library of Eric Stanley (1923-2018), Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, longtime editor of the scholarly journal 'Notes & Queries', and an active contributor to the OED for more than 50 years. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Large 8vo, [viii], 279 pp., original blue cloth lettered gilt, slight wear at spine ends and corners, boards a little bowed, initials 'E.S.' on pastedown, a small mark in the lower margin of p. 3, otherwise internally very clean, a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books [Bristol, United Kingdom]
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