In This Review
Economic Diplomacy: The Export-Import Bank and American Foreign Policy, 1934-1939

Economic Diplomacy: The Export-Import Bank and American Foreign Policy, 1934-1939

By Frederick C. Adams

University of Missouri Press, 1976, 289 pp.
International Economic Co-Operation and the World Bank

International Economic Co-Operation and the World Bank

By Robert W. Oliver

Holmes & Meier, 1975, 421 pp.
Balance of Power or Hegemony: The Interwar Monetary System

Balance of Power or Hegemony: The Interwar Monetary System

Edited by Benjamin M. Rowland

New York University Press (for the Lehrman Institute), 1976, 266 pp.

Three good history books pertinent to current issues. Adams provides a solid base of analysis of the 1920s and early 1930s before relating the Exim Bank to U.S. policy toward the U.S.S.R., China, Japan and Latin America. By stressing the origins of the World Bank, Oliver avoids more than a chapter or two of overlap with the Mason and Asher book of 1973 and provides much original material. The six authors of the Lehrman Institute volume focus sharply on the theme of hegemony or pluralism as a condition for monetary order.