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Excess reserves—for which no estimates are available before 1929—remained negligible. As we shall see in more detail in the next section, the 7 Since only June estimates of the money stock are available for those years, the decline was measured from June 1892 to June 1894 rather than from Jan. 1893 to June 1894, the monthly reference dates. 4 per cent decline in the money stock from Jan. 1867 to Jan. 1868—the earliest dates for which we have estimates—another possible exception is the reference contraction from Apr.

The inference was drawn that policy designed to prevent or moderate economic fluctuations must assign major emphasis to governmental fiscal action and direct intervention. A paradoxical result followed from the influence of the monetary events of 1929–33 in shaping men’s ideas about money. The view that money plays only a minor role in economic affairs led, for several decades, to the virtual neglect of the study of monetary phenomena, including the monetary events of 1929–33. Only recently has there been a renewal of interest in this field of study.

Robert M. indd 8 3/18/08 3:19:37 PM THE GREAT CONTRACTION History on “The Great Contraction, 1929–33,” so that it would be readily available as supplementary reading for college courses that deal with that episode. We are grateful to him for the suggestion and to Princeton University Press for acting on it. Though “The Great Contraction” is reasonably selfcontained and can be understood without reading the chapters that precede or follow it in A Monetary History, as a convenience to readers of this paperback reprint, we have included a glossary of terms and full source notes to figures.

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