Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order

  • Giles Scott-Smith
  • J. Simon Rofe

Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Giles Scott-Smith, J. Simon Rofe
    Pages 1-13
  3. Bretton Woods: The Pre-War Order

  4. Multinational Perspectives: Europe

  5. Multinational Perspectives: Asia and the Americas

  6. Public Figures and Private Sector Interests

  7. The Trade Follow-Up: The ITO and the GATT

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-305

About this book


This book repositions the groundbreaking Bretton Woods conference of July 1944 as the first large-scale multilateral North-South dialogue on global financial governance. It moves beyond the usual focus on Anglo-American interests by highlighting the influence of delegations from Latin America, India, the Soviet Union, France, and others. It also investigates how state and private interests intermingled, collided, and compromised during the negotiations on the way to a set of regulations and institutions that still partly frame global economic governance in the early twenty-first century. Together, these essays lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive analysis of Bretton Woods as a pivotal site of multilateralism in international history.


Bretton Woods Bretton Woods Conference Bretton Woods System Post World War II Postwar Order Harry Dexter White John Meynard Keynes International Monetary Fund Bank of International Settlements foreign exchange markets open markets monetary order open system of trade free trade history of multilateralism

Editors and affiliations

  • Giles Scott-Smith
    • 1
  • J. Simon Rofe
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of HistoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.SOAS University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60890-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60891-4
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