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Economic policy in the 1920s

Delegates at the 1922 Genoa Conference.
Lloyd George (front row, left) at the 1922 Genoa Conference, held to discuss reconstruction after the First World War.
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The British economy emerged from the First World War severely damaged. Over the next twenty years Britain experienced severe depression and the return to, and abandonment of, the gold standard.

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Further reading

  • Aldcroft, D.H., The Interwar Economy 1919-39 (London: Batsford, 1973)
  • Broadberry, S.N., The British Economy between the Wars (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986)
  • Pollard, S., The Development of the British Economy, 1914-1990 (London: Edward Arnold, 1992)
  • Cain P.J. &. Hopkins, A.G., British Imperialism: Crisis and Deconstruction, 1914-1990 (London and New York: Longman, 1993)
  • Floud R.C. & McCloskey, D.C., The Economic History of Britain since 1700, Vol. 2 1860-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)