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5 - Revisionism as Intellectual-Political Vindication, or the French Receptions of Consequences after the Two World Wars (1919–1946)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 December 2023

Patricia Clavin
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
Giancarlo Corsetti
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Maurice Obstfeld
Affiliation:
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC
Adam Tooze
Affiliation:
Columbia University, New York
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Summary

Even a century after a French translation of Consequences was published in 1920 by France’s foremost editor, the Nouvelle Revue française, there remains a myth that Keynes’s international bestseller was not only barely read in France but met with a homogeneously hostile reception. Recent historical discourse tends to overlook, however, how French reactions to Consequences mirrored France’s own internal political dissensions on the merits of the Treaty. Keynes, it turns out, was well in tune with predating and intellectually relevant French condemnations of the Versailles Peace.

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