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Friday 23 November 2018

John Maynard Keynes visited the Taylor Library in July 1920.


Mrs Warburg wins the prize for the best (and only) answer to the question last time: why did Lucien Bonaparte borrow a book from the Taylor Library in 1812? It turns out he was living in Ludlow at the time and obviously the Taylor Library was a rich resource for someone with literary aspirations.

Here is another remarkable visitor. On 7th July 1920, the country’s most famous economist John Maynard Keynes signed the Library Visitors’ Book. Why?

Again, answers on a postcard!

Keynes was the most brilliant and influential macro-economist of the 20th century, and ‘Keynesianism’ came to dominate much of the century. He was also highly critical of the Versailles Peace Settlement of 1919. In his most famous book, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, he predicted damaging effects of the Treaty on international trade and, especially, the appalling effects of punitive reparation payments imposed on a defeated and traumatised Germany.

Robin Brooke-Smith
Taylor Librarian and Archivist

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