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Bretton Woods Summit: “Did we waste the crisis?”

Ed Conway, the Economics Editor of Sky News and author, on bankers, celebrity economists and KGB spies

By Josh Lowe  

Harry Dexter White (left) and John Maynard Keynes (right) led the US and UK delegations at Bretton Woods

Did we waste the last financial crisis? Could we have seized the opportunity to launch a global overhaul of economic policy? Near the end of the Second World War, a group of economists and politicians saw the great financial catastrophe of their age as just such an opportunity.

The Bretton Woods summit, held 70 years ago on 1st-22nd July 1944, saw these policy makers hammer out an international monetary system which would…

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