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I. Undertakings Given Pride to the Peace Negotiations II. THE CONFERENCE AND THE TERMS OF THE TREATY III. The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Among these, The Economic. Consequences of the Peace holds a special place. Written by John Maynard Keynes in just months after he.

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PDF | On Dec 10, , Richard Toye and others published Keynes's Economic Consequences of the Peace: A Reappraisal. By Jens. The Economic Consequences of the Peace () is a book written and published by the Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. The Economic consequences of the Peace. John Maynard Keynes. October 31 - November w, w. As is well-known Keynes was part of the British delegation.

After all, is not really anything like , and yet why do the same words, taken quite out of context, look as if there is a fitting context for at least a part of them right now? If austerity is as counterproductive as Keynes thought, how come it seems to deliver electoral victories, at least in Britain? And it is, in this view, a future that is beginning to unfold already in our time, at least in Britain, appreciated by grateful voters.

Is that the real story now? However, after the massive decline in of financial markets and of business confidence had been halted and to some extent reversed through the intervention of the state, especially through stimulating the economy, often paid for by heavy public borrowing, the state had large debts to deal with. The demand for a smaller government which had begun earlier, led by those who were sceptical of extensive public services and state provision, now became a loud chorus, with political leaders competing with each other in frightening people with the idea that the economy could not but collapse under the burden of public debt.

Similarly, at the international level, the global free fall following the crisis was largely halted by the move, under the visionary leadership of Gordon Brown, for a meeting of the governments of the newly formed G20 in April in London, each promising to do its best not to feed the downward spiral by domestic complicity.

This turned a page in the history of the crisis successfully, but soon the story changed, with the governments being asked to get out of the way before they ruined healthy business activities. Turning to the management of debts, suddenly the idea of austerity as a way out for the depressed and heavily indebted economies became the dominant priority of the financial leaders of Europe.

Those with an interest in history could easily see in this a reminder of the days of the Great Depression of the s when cutting public expenditure seemed like a solution, rather than a problem. This is, of course, where Keynes made his definitive contribution in his classic book, the General Theory, in Keynes ushered in the basic understanding that demand is important as a determinant of economic activity, and that expanding rather than cutting public expenditure may do a much better job of expanding employment and activity in an economy with unused capacity and idle labour.

Austerity could do little, since a reduction of public expenditure adds to the inadequacy of private incomes and market demands, thereby tending to put even more people out of work. However, the financial leaders of Europe had a different reading — from Keynes and from a great many mainstream economists — of what was needed, and they were not going to budge from their understanding.

As it is quite common these days to blame economists for failing to see the real world, I take this opportunity to note that very few professionally trained economists were persuaded by the direction in which those in charge of European finances decided to take Europe.

The European debacle demonstrated, in effect, that you do not need economists to generate a holy mess: the financial sector can generate its own gory calamity with the greatest of elegance and ease. If things have started changing, over the past few years, even if quite slowly, it is mainly because Europe has now started to pursue a hybrid policy of somewhat weakened fiscal austerity with monetary expansion.

The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes

If that is a half-hearted gesture towards Keynes, the results are half-hearted, too. The huge deficits after the Second World War were easily tamed with fast economic growth in the postwar years I will come back to this issue later. Again, the much-praised reduction of the Swedish budget deficit during occurred in a period of fairly fast growth of GDP.

Despite political deadlocks and a largely non-functional Congress, the United States has been much smarter than Europe, on this occasion, in making use of this central understanding. The ratio of deficit to GDP has fallen in the US thanks to economic growth, which — rather than austerity — is of course the well-tried way of achieving the desired result.

Had the policy leaders of Europe adherents of a peculiarly narrow view of financial priority allowed more public discussion, rather than taking unilateral decisions in secluded financial corridors — encouraging no public discussion — it is possible that the policy errors could have been prevented, through the standard procedures of deliberation, scrutiny and critique.

It is remarkable that this has not happened in the continent that gave the world the basic ideas of institutional democracy. He was determined that Britain should receive as much as possible of any German reparation payments, employing all his considerable political and linguistic skills in this pursuit. He was also adamant, against domestic and foreign opposition, that the former Kaiser should be brought to trial. He enjoyed greater support to extend international law beyond prosecuting persons accused of wartime operational crimes to include arraignments of those responsible for the political and military decisions which had occasioned the war and the manner in which it had been fought.

He was successful in moving the Italian frontier to the Brenner with the acquisition of South Tyrol from Austria, which consigned some , German-speakers to Italian rule. In protest Orlando quit the conference in late April , returning, without concessions, in early May The French favoured a League with the military capability to enforce the settlement on Germany but Anglo-American opposition scotched this.

Do not imagine that they will ever forgive us; they will seek only the chance to obtain revenge. This eased the log-jam of problems and, on 7 May , the Germans received the draft treaty. He secured a plebiscite on the fate of Upper Silesia but little else.

On 22 June , the German government was given an ultimatum — agree to sign within twenty-four hours or face war.

They capitulated. France was awarded the Saar coal mines, with the territory ceded for fifteen years to the League, after which a plebiscite would determine its destiny. The Rhineland was demilitarized permanently and occupied by the Allies for fifteen years.

The economic consequences of the peace

It was forbidden union with the rump state of Austria. It was forbidden an air force, heavy artillery , tanks , poison gas and a general staff. It was obligated to deliver as yet unnamed "war criminals" and as yet unspecified reparations to the victors. Its overseas empire of over 1 million square miles was surrendered to the League for redistribution under mandates — a rather thin veneer for an imperial carve-up.

The British Dominions, their identities tempered by war, expected greater autonomy, whilst Irish nationalists sought independence.

Four great empires that for centuries had dominated eastern and central Europe and the Middle East had collapsed. The Ottoman Empire, shorn of its Middle Eastern territories, continued to exist, at least nominally, until, after a rebellion and a successful campaign against the occupying Greek forces, Mustafa Kemal expelled the Sultan and created the new secular state of Turkey in James Headlam-Morley , a British expert in Paris, observed: "In the discussions everything inevitably leads up to Russia.

Then there is a discursive discussion; it is agreed that the point at issue cannot be determined until the general policy on Russia has been settled; having agreed on this, instead of settling it, they pass on to some other subject. Only later, and with great reluctance, did other states acknowledge the existence of the Soviet Union and the new Baltic nations.

Beyond that, deprived of any reliable means of enforcing their will, the new map depended more upon the outcome of wars and armed struggles — as the Chief of the British Imperial General Staff, Sir Henry Wilson , observed, "The root of evil is that the Paris writ does not run.

The major winner was Yugoslavia technically, until , the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In Serbia had 33, square miles and 4,, people; Yugoslavia by had , square miles and a population of 13,, Its loss of Western Thrace to Greece deprived it of access to the Aegean and, proportionate to its size and wealth, it faced the highest reparations bill of all the Central Powers.

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Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania , Poland, Czechoslovakia , Austria and Hungary, together with the Soviet Union, filled the political vacuum left by the collapsed empires.

Hungary, which lost two-thirds of its pre-war territory and 58 percent of its population, suffered the heaviest deprivations of any of the defeated powers, losing a third of its Magyar people.

After the war with Russia , Poland established this new frontier far to the east of the Curzon line recommended by the conference, creating a state where only 69 percent of the population was Polish and whose neighbours all had grievances against it. Both proselytised hard in exile, eventually gaining Allied endorsement in The fate of 3 million German-speaking former subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to whom Germany laid claim, caused the peacemakers much disquiet.

Torn between the principles of self-determination and the need to offer Czechoslovakia secure frontiers and economic prosperity, they allocated the area to the Czechs. Romania and Hungary also had disputes with Czechoslovakia, typical of the problems that prevented the new states from cooperating. Yet, if they did not hang together, should Germany, or Russia, or both, revive, they were likely to hang separately. He then drove them back with increasing speed in , culminating in a massacre at Izmir on 9 September and a stand-off with a small British force at Chanak, where war was averted by a combination of luck and good sense.

The new treaty returned Eastern Thrace, Anatolia, Izmir and some of the Aegean islands to Turkey, all the financial and extraterritorial privileges previously enjoyed by the powers were scrapped and there was no mention of Armenia, whose independence Turkey had effectively destroyed in December The Treaty of Lausanne proved to be the longest-lasting of the post-war settlements, testimony to the virtues of negotiation between participants willing to work within the same parameters and accept the need for compromise.

Mesopotamia now Iraq , Transjordania Jordan , Syria and Lebanon were shared between Britain and France as mandates with Transjordania originally being a part of the Palestine mandate, whilst the Hejaz Saudi Arabia became independent.

Under the British mandate increasing numbers of Jewish immigrants, anxious to claim their "National Home", clashed with the indigenous Arab population in the interwar period, whilst the violent birth of the state of Israel in created a Palestinian refugee problem and a clash of territorial interests which remain unresolved.

According to the American banker, Thomas Lamont , "The subject of reparations caused more trouble, contention, hard feeling and delay at the Paris Peace Conference than any other point of the Treaty.

Both subjects raised expectations that were impossible to satisfy. In wartime speeches Wilson and Lloyd George had ruled out seeking an indemnity the full repayment of war costs.

The pre-armistice agreement limited liability to "all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea, and from the air" reparations. This suggested Belgium and France would receive most of the payments since Britain had suffered little direct damage and the Dominions none.

The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes

It was "solved" by a classic short-term fix replete with unintended consequences — Articles and of the treaty — which asserted the Allied moral right to compensation from Germany and its allies for all their losses because Germany and its allies were responsible for the war. Wilson acceded to the dubious argument that service personnel were merely civilians in uniform, hoping to create a fairer basis for the distribution of an anticipated fixed German payment to discharge all its debts.

Early attempts to persuade Germany to comply culminated in the Franco-Belgian i nvasion of the Ruhr in The Americans rejected the argument that some had paid for victory with blood and others with treasure.

Everyone agreed that some compensation was due but the weight of public expectations made it impossible to find a mutually acceptable figure and the Allies marred their case for redress by their Jesuitical behaviour. All the new states were dissatisfied with their frontiers, whilst the ethnic kaleidoscope resulting from centuries of wars, migrations and inter-marriage meant that none was a truly national entity, each containing minorities that were resented and feared.

The peacemakers did establish a system of protection for these minorities, partly to encourage their assimilation and partly to avoid their supplying neighbouring kin-states with an excuse to disrupt the new order.

But then they washed their hands, passing responsibility to the League. Will it not breed discontent, disorder and rebellion? A sustained post-war insurgency campaign by the Irish Republican Army against British Crown forces led in to the partition of Ireland into the Irish Free State in the south whilst in the north six of the nine counties of historic Ulster remained part of the United Kingdom.

Now led by Mohandas Gandhi , frustrated in its efforts to gain recognition in Paris and dismayed by the Rowlatt Bills and the Armritsar massacre , it initiated the first of a series of non-cooperation campaigns to encourage Britain to quit India. In Egypt three years of widespread anti-British violence began in March , before Britain imposed partial independence in , under which it retained control of defence and the Suez Canal.

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The British Dominions, their identities tempered by war, expected greater autonomy, whilst Irish nationalists sought independence. Early attempts to persuade Germany to comply culminated in the Franco-Belgian i nvasion of the Ruhr in Others remained unborn because of wartime separations.

The definition of "indisputably Polish populations" was already problematic, but Danzig — the obvious port — was — equally obviously — German, whilst the ethnic composition of the lands needed for a "corridor" from the Polish heartland to Danzig was mixed. Uncertainty and ignorance are often the first link of these chains of events and a primary cause of social conflict, since they induce individuals to shape conventional rather than reasonable expectations.

The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

If a man is compelled to exchange the fruits of his labors for paper which, as experience soon teaches him, he cannot use to purchase what he requires at a price comparable to that which he has received for his own products, he will keep his produce for himself, dispose of it to his friends and neighbors as a favor, or relax his efforts in producing it.

The peacemakers did establish a system of protection for these minorities, partly to encourage their assimilation and partly to avoid their supplying neighbouring kin-states with an excuse to disrupt the new order.

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