Classic Works

John Maynard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919)

A. Bradley Potter offers some thoughts in a new essay on John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace:

In 2014, a slew of new books examining the “war to end all wars” appeared on the shelves of libraries and booksellers around the world. The centennial of that bloody conflict seemed an appropriate time to revisit its causes and consequences. While some of these efforts offered genuinely new insights, most did not. Beyond these freshly bound attempts to encapsulate one of the most destructive events of human history, there is a rich, much older set of works that any serious student of strategy and diplomacy should consider. Among these, The Economic Consequences of the Peace holds a special place. Written by John Maynard Keynes in 1919 just months after he resigned his position as lead representative of the Britain Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference, this short book offers an insightful and to this day contested take on the processes and people that birthed the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I. Read more…