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The End of Laissez-Faire: The Economic Consequences of the Peace

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Now legendary British economic theorist Keynes ((1883-1946) wrote Economic Consequences of the Peace in 1919, objecting to the punitive measures enacted against Germany in the recent Paris Peace Conference, to which he was the principle representative of the British treasury. The End of Laissez-Faire is based on his Sidney Ball Lecture at Cambridge
Paperback, 298 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Chris Jones
Keynes was lucky enough to witness the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and details a lot of what he saw in this book. Keynes wrote this attacking the thought processes of the entente’s leaders and the outcome of the conference. He spends the first few chapters criticizing the major players, and discusses the political situation going into the conference. He then moves on to the contents of the treaty, and carefully takes the reader through relevant articles while comparing them to Germany’s post- ...more
An overview of the history of laissez-faire economics and Keynes interpretation of it. Not very detailed but a good enough summary.
Keynes is so sassy in this book. Worth a read just for his descriptions of politicians.
A beautiful criticism of the world leaders of post WWI and a great glimpse into the world of sneaky, under-handed, dirty politician speak.
Anthony Bamonte
End of Laissez Faire was great, somehow, the Economic Consequences of the Peace just lost me. Maybe I'll get back to it, maybe I won't.
Read sections of this in college when studying Keynes. Seemed a good time to return to him given the economy.
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John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes (CB, FBA), was a British economist particularly known for his influence in the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics.

NB: Not to be confused with his father who also was an economist. See John Neville Keynes.
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