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Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan

Mark Metzler

Abstract

This book, an account of Japan's financial history and the Japanese gold standard in the pivotal years before World War II, provides a new perspective on the global political dynamics of the era by placing Japan, rather than Europe, at the center of the story. Focusing on the fall of liberalism in Japan in late 1931 and the global politics of money that were at the center of the crisis, the book asks why successive Japanese governments from 1920 to 1931 carried out policies that deliberately induced deflation and depression. Its search for answers stretches from Edo to London to the ragged bor ... More

Keywords: Japan, financial history, gold standard, global politics, liberalism, money, deflation, depression, empire, global hegemony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244207
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244207.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Metzler, author