Historical memory often runs the risk of oversimplifying the past. After three-quarters of a century, who remembers much of what actually happened at the famous Bretton Woods Conference of 1944? In three weeks (July 1–22), 44 wartime allies managed to agree on the creation of a pair of entirely new multilateral institutions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), essentially setting the framework for the postwar economic order. Pick up any standard treatment, and what you will read is that the negotiations were dominated by two major powers: the United States, led by Harry Dexter White, and Great Britain, led by John Maynard Keynes. It was the Americans and the British, along with their European allies, that set the agenda and determined the final outcome. Poorer nations (the “South”) had little voice or leverage. Their interest in promoting economic development was conveniently swept under the rug.
In fact, as Eric Helleiner ably demonstrates, the reality was quite different. In a masterly historical analysis based on extensive archival research, Helleiner shows that poorer nations were anything but voiceless. Their delegates played an active role in shaping the discussions, and their development aspirations were by no means ignored. In previous works on topi
To continue reading, see options above.
American Power after the Financial Crisis, Jonathan Kirshner Reviewed by Benjamin J. Cohen
Currency and Coercion: The Political Economy of International Monetary Power, Jonathan Kirshner Reviewed by Benjamin J. Cohen
Rival Capitalists: International Competitiveness in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe, Jeffrey A. Hart Reviewed by Benjamin J. Cohen
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
Ukraine, Russia, and the West
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
CHINA IN A WORLD OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.