The Bretton Woods Transcripts: New Findings

February 11, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
523 Butler Library New York, NY 10027
United States


Kurt Schuler

Senior Fellow, Center for Financial Stability; Economist, U.S. Department of the Treasury; co-editor of The Bretton Woods Transcripts

The Bretton Woods Transcripts: New Findings

The 1944 international financial conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire established the IMF and the World Bank, and has shaped the international monetary system for nearly 70 years. In a sense, we are still living in the Bretton Woods era. Despite the importance of the conference, its transcripts, which record was what said word for word at many sessions, were unknown to scholars until recently. The Transcripts reveal the vision of participants including John Maynard Keynes, future presidents, prime ministers, and other world leaders who met in 1944 to construct a financial system that would promote growth, minimize global imbalances, and foster stability. Kurt Schuler (re)discovered the transcripts and prepared them for publication with co-editor Andrew Rosenberg. Schuler will discuss what the transcripts tell us that is new about conference, and how digital technology enhances their value.


Co-Sponsors: Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History; Center for Financial Stability and the Program for Economic Research


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