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THE FIRST WORLD WAR: A DOCUMENTARY RECORD
Series One: European War 1914-1919, the War Reserve Collection from Cambridge University Library

Part 7: Economics, Finance and Socialism

The War Reserve Collection at Cambridge University Library is one of the finest collections in the world of materials documenting the First World War.  

Part 7 concentrates on Economics, Finance and Socialism and allows scholars and researchers to assess the economic condition and industrial strength of the various Great Powers at the outset of the war, at different stages during the conflict, and in the aftermath of hostilities.  There is significant material on:

  • The maintenance of supply lines;
  • The importance of Imperial production;
  • War profiteering;
  • Food supply;
  • US and South American trade;
  • The circulation of money and rampant inflation;
  • The Allied blockade of Germany;
  • The economic consequences of the Peace settlement;
  • The post-war economic outlook;
  • Unions and the war.


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