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Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order

  • Giles Scott-Smith
  • J. Simon Rofe

Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Giles Scott-Smith, J. Simon Rofe
    Pages 1-13
  3. Bretton Woods: The Pre-War Order

  4. Multinational Perspectives: Europe

  5. Multinational Perspectives: Asia and the Americas

  6. Public Figures and Private Sector Interests

  7. The Trade Follow-Up: The ITO and the GATT

About this book


This book repositions the groundbreaking Bretton Woods conference of July 1944 as the first large-scale multilateral North-South dialogue on global financial governance. It moves beyond the usual focus on Anglo-American interests by highlighting the influence of delegations from Latin America, India, the Soviet Union, France, and others. It also investigates how state and private interests intermingled, collided, and compromised during the negotiations on the way to a set of regulations and institutions that still partly frame global economic governance in the early twenty-first century. Together, these essays lay the groundwork for a more comprehensive analysis of Bretton Woods as a pivotal site of multilateralism in international history.


Bretton Woods Bretton Woods Conference Bretton Woods System Post World War II Postwar Order Harry Dexter White John Meynard Keynes International Monetary Fund Bank of International Settlements foreign exchange markets open markets monetary order open system of trade free trade history of multilateralism

Editors and affiliations

  • Giles Scott-Smith
    • 1
  • J. Simon Rofe
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of HistoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.SOAS University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Giles Scott-Smith holds the Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II at Leiden University, and is the academic director of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Middelburg, the Netherlands. He is the co-editor of the series Key Studies in Diplomacy with Manchester University Press.

J. Simon Rofe is Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies at SOAS University of London, UK. He is the co-editor of the series Key Studies in Diplomacy with Manchester University Press and the author of numerous books and articles.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order
  • Editors Giles Scott-Smith
    J. Simon Rofe
  • Series Title The World of the Roosevelts
  • Series Abbreviated Title The World of the Roosevelts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60890-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86952-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60891-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 305
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
    US History
    Modern History
    Economic History
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“This book shines revealing new scholarship on the underappreciated diplomatic success during World War II in promoting the still-functioning global governance of economic and monetary international relations. The Bretton Woods Conference of 1944 complemented America’s political leadership in forming institutions that would preserve peace and broaden human welfare.” (Leon Gordenker, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University, USA)