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M.A. Abrams - Money - & A Changing Civilisation TRUE FIRST ed.

John Lane and The Bodley Head, London, 1934. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good  First Edition. First impression of the true first edition. . 127 pages including bibliography and index to rear plus publisher's two-page advert of titles to rear.  Chapters: Is Money Necessary?; Money and Production; Can Price Stabilisation Help; Is Neutral Money Possible; The Gold Standard; The Gold Standard Since the War; The Future of Money. 'Ours is a Money civilisation. The greater part of human relationships and activities to-day are expressed in terms of Money. Why and how it is so is the theme of this volume. The author seeks to discover a monetary policy which would enable modern society to proceed efficiently and evenly with the task of the production and distribution of goods. The monetary history of the post-war world shows on examination that everywhere the custodians of our economic systems pursued polices which made the crash of 1929 and the subsequent depression inevitable. The author maintains that while economic theory can show why the existing monetary institutions result in booms and depression, society is at present incapable of avoiding these fluctuations or escaping their consequences.' (Quote from inside front of dustwrapper blurb). *** Mark Alexander Abrams (Max Alexander Abramowitz [1906 - 1994]) was a social scientist and pioneer of social and market research in the UK. He studied economics at the London School of Economics. From 1931-1933 he was a fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 1933 he returned to the UK to the Research Department of the London Press Exchange, which was a leading advertising agency, where he conducted pioneering large-scale surveys of newspaper and magazine readership and consumer behaviour. He helped many European social scientists, including Sigmund Freud, find refuge in the UK from the Nazis. Between 1939 and 1941, he worked for the BBC Overseas Research Department where he analyzed Nazi propaganda broadcasts. He then worked at the Psychological Warfare Board investigating the experiences, beliefs, and needs of the population. First impression of the true first edition, extremely hard to find now, especially in its original dustwrapper.


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