The Bretton Woods Agreement

 
 

A devastated Britain had little choice. Two world wars had destroyed the country`s main industries, which paid for the import of half of the food and almost all of its raw materials except coal. The British had no choice but to ask for help. It was only when the United States signed a 4.4 billion pound British aid agreement on 6 December 1945 that the British Parliament ratified the Bretton Woods Agreements (which took place later in December 1945). [24] Post-war global capitalism suffered from a huge shortage of dollars. The U.S. had huge trade surpluses and U.S. reserves were huge and growing. It was necessary to reverse this river. Although all nations wanted to buy U.S. exports, the dollars had to leave the United States and be available for international use so that they could do so. In other words, the United States should reverse global prosperity imbalances by chartering a trade deficit financed by the U.S.

outfed of reserves to other nations (a deficit in the U.S. fiscal balance). The United States could have a financial deficit, either by building plants, or by building plants, or by foreign nations. Remember that speculative investments were discouraged by the Bretton Woods agreement. Imports from other nations were not attractive in the 1950s because American technology was up to date at that time. This is how multinationals and global aid from the United States originated. [29] The Bretton Woods Agreement was launched in 1944 at a conference of all allied nations of world war II. It took place in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Harold James`s elegant essay is the book`s most thoughtful.

The Bretton Woods agreement, he writes, was possible because it isolated the monetary settlement of the interminable trade disputes that trade wars lasted for 70 years. As chief international economist at the U.S. Treasury, Harry Dexter White designed the U.S. Cash Access Project in 1942/44, which rivaled Keynes`s plan for the British Treasury. Overall, White`s system tended to favour incentives to create price stability in the world`s economies, while Keynes wanted a system that promoted economic growth. The “collective agreement was a huge international undertaking,” which took two years before the conference to prepare for it. It consisted of numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings to find a common basis for determining the policies that would be behind the Bretton Woods system. THE financial crises of US President Richard Nixon led to the end of the Bretton Woods system. During these years, the foreign dollar exceeded the value of U.S. gold reserves at Fort Knox and elsewhere. This undermined the premise of the agreement, namely that the United States could still support its dollars with its gold equivalent.

The United States launched the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of the European Union in order to provide significant financial and economic assistance to the reconstruction of Europe, largely through subsidies rather than loans. The member countries of the Soviet bloc, for example. B Poland, were invited to receive the subsidies, but obtained a favorable agreement with the COMECON of the Soviet Union. [31] In a speech at Harvard University on June 5, 1947, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall stated that there was a high degree of convergence among powerful nations, that the inability to coordinate exchange rates during the interwar period had exacerbated political tensions. This facilitated the decisions of the Bretton Woods conference. In addition, all the Bretton Woods governments agreed that the monetary chaos of the interwar period had brought some valuable lessons. The Bretton Woods Agreement was concluded in 1944 at a summit in New Hampshire, USA, on a website of the same name. The agreement was reached by 730 delegates representing the 44 allied nations who participated in the summit.

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