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Faculty of Economics

The Centenary Conference on Keynes’s
Economic Consequences of the Peace

King’s College, Cambridge, September 9-10, 2019




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Day 1 Monday 9th September

08.15-8.45 Registration, Chetwynd Room, King’s College
08:45-9:00 Welcoming remarks, Prof. David Howarth (Cambridge)
Keynes Lecture Theatre, King’s College

Session 1: Keynes’ Worldview and Method

  Chair: Lord Skidelsky
  Between Cambridge, Paris and Amsterdam, Harold James (Princeton) and Andrew Koger (Princeton)
  Genesis of Keynes’s Book, Michael Cox (London School of Economics)
  Keynes’ View on Elites and Carthaginian Peace, Elise S. Brezis (Bar-IIan University)
  State Formation in Central-Eastern Europe after 1918: Some Reflections on Keynes, Max-Stephan Schulze (London School of Economics) and Nikolaus Wolf (HU Berlin)
11:00-11:15 Break - Coffee and Tea - Chetwynd Room

Session 2: Interwar Aftermath

  Chair: Patricia Clavin (Oxford)
  Setting the Gold Standard: Exchange Rates, Protection and Inflation in Interwar Britain, Jason Lennard (NIESR), Jagjit S. Chadha (NIESR), Solomos Solomou (Cambridge) and Ryland Thomas (Bank of England)
  Keynes, Currency Speculation and The Economic Consequences of the Peace, David Chambers (Cambridge) and Olivier Accominotti (London School of Economics) and James Ashley Morrison (London School of Economics)
  The One Case where The Economic Consequences of the Peace Mattered: The Reshaping of Economic Mindset in Early Republican Turkey, Eyup Ozveren (Middle East Technical University)
13:15-14:30 Lunch, King’s Hall

Session 3: Impact on Multilateralism

  Chair: Giancarlo Corsetti (Cambridge)
  Keynes and International Trade Politics After the First World War, Madeleine Dungy (Harvard)
  Unusual, Unstable, Complicated, Unreliable and Temporary? Reinterpreting the Ebb and Flow of Globalization, Catherine R. Schenk (Oxford), Michael Bordo (Rutgers)
  Gold, International Monetary Cooperation, and the Tripartite Agreement of 1936, Max Harris (Sperling Economic Strategies)
16:00-16:30 Break - Coffee and Tea - Chetwynd Room  – followed by transition to Panel venue, in the McCrum Lecture Theatre (entrance is off Benet Street, through a passage on the right of the Eagle pub)
16.30-18.45 Panel: Contemporary Relevance of the Economic Consequences (McCrum Lecture Theatre)
Chair: Adam Tooze (Columbia)
  Edward Carr (The Economist)
Stanley Fischer (Senior Adviser, BlackRock)
Cecilia Skingsley (Sveriges Riksbank)
Geoff Mann (Simon Fraser University)
19:00 Drinks, Chetwynd Room, followed by Dinner, King’s Hall (by invitation only)

Day 2 Tuesday 10th September


Session 4: Burden of Reparations

  Chair: Meredith Crowley (Cambridge)
  Optimal Default and War Reparations, Simon Hinrichsen (London School of Economics)
  Funding the Great War and the Beginning of the End for British Hegemony, Martin Ellison (Oxford), Thomas J. Sargent (New York University), and Andrew Scott (London Business School)
  Does Austerity Cause Polarization? Thomas Sattler (University of Geneva), Evelyne Hübscher (Central European University); Markus Wagner (University of Vienna)
10:45-11:15 Break - Coffee and Tea - Chetwynd Room

Session 5: Contemporary Perspectives

  Chair: Catherine Schenk (Oxford)
  Revisionism as Intellectual and Political Vindication or The French Receptions of the Economic Consequences of the Peace in the Two World Wars (1919–46), Guilherme Sampaio (Institut d'études avancées - Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
  “Too Bad to Be True”: Gustav Cassel, Eli Heckscher and Knut Wicksell on John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace and the German Reparations, 1919-1924, Benny Carlson (Lund University), Lars Jonung (Lund University)
  Keynes’s Economic Consequences (1919): The Book and its Critics, Peter Clarke (Cambridge)
  Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, and Popular Perceptions of the First World War, Jonathan Boff (Birmingham)
13:15 -14.00 Lunch and adjourn, King’s Hall

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