Hall of mirrors : the Great Depression, the great recession, and the uses-and misuses-of history / Barry Eichengreen.

Eichengreen, Barry J. [Browse]
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
vi, 512 pages ; 25 cm


Summary note
  • "A brilliantly conceived dual-track account of the two greatest economic crises of the last century and their consequences"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "The Great Depression and the Great Recession are the two great economic crises of the past hundred years. While there are accounts of both episodes, no one has yet attempted a sustained comparative analysis. In Hall of Mirrors, Barry Eichengreen draws on his unparalleled expertise for a brilliantly conceived dual-track account of the two crises and their consequences. Rather than telling the stories of the two crises in sequence, instead he weaves them together. He describes the two bubble-fuelled build-ups, then the onset of crisis, the subsequent financial and economic and collapse, the policy response, and finally the recovery." -- From publisher's website.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction
  • Part I: The best of times
  • New age economics
  • Golden globe
  • Competing on a violent scale
  • By legislation or fiat
  • Where credit is due
  • Castles in Spain
  • Part II: The worst of times
  • Spent bullets
  • The next leg down --On Europe's shores
  • Will America topple too?
  • Largely contained
  • Scant evidence
  • The spiral
  • Fish or foul
  • Part III: Toward better times
  • Revival or reform
  • Something for everyone
  • Takahashi's revenge
  • Dip again
  • Preventing the worst
  • Stressed and stimulated
  • Unconventional policy
  • Part IV: Avoiding the next time
  • Wall Street and Main Street
  • Normalization in an abnormal economy
  • Making things as difficult as possible
  • Men in black
  • Euro or not
  • Conclusion.
  • 9780199392001 (hardback)
  • 0199392005 (hardback)
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