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Everything you always wanted to know

The axis of the work is the study of the depreciation of silver in the second half of the XIXth century and its consequences in developed countries. We will study more specifically the differences between countries.

The brutal increase of silver production and the development of the gold standard in the 1870s originated a definitive decrease of the value of silver. The ratio gold/silver that was established at more or less 1/15 or 1/15.5 shifted to 1/16, 1/18 up to 1/32 at the end of the century. This decline of the silver increased the real cost of the sums estimated in gold. This evolution was a handicap for imports of silver-using countries, but an advantage for their exports. However, taxes to be paid to gold-using countries or refunds of loans to London were more and more heavy (it was the case of India – silver-using – and Great Britain – gold-using –, or loans of Japan in example). Several solutions were considered, including the creation of a large silver-using zone (India, Asia).

Little by little the main countries shifted from silver-using or bimetallism to gold standard (de facto or de jure) that was already adopted in United Kingdom (1816), Australia and Canada (1852-53), Portugal (1854): Germany (1871), Denmark (1872), United States of America, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland (1873), Norway and Netherlands (1875), Spain (1876), Serbia (1878), Austria (1879), Russia and India (1893) Japan (1897), etc.
All these transformations were at the origin of crises and financial speculations: the ratio gold/silver was not the same at the same moment in USA, Europe, India, China, etc.

The DAMIN program wants to analyze this important phenomenon that was, in fact, the first financial globalization, and to understand the reality of the gold and silver production, its consequences, the importance of each economic zone.
As trade and finance were globalized, the DAMIN program will include all countries concerned by the silver question: USA, Latin America, Europe, India, China, Japan and all the connected questions (prices, transportation, import/export, etc.).

The web site will contain all the details concerning the activities of the DAMIN program. It includes the books published in the framework of the program, pdf and working papers, and informations concerning the other publications, of the participants.

The DAMIN program includes regular video-recorded Round Tables :

The DAMIN program is also supported by the LabEx TransferS.

 

Georges Depeyrot - Program coordinator
Directeur de recherche CNRS


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Meeting in Copenhagen, May 2015

The proceedings are now in press (collection Moneta #191) and will be available in July.

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MONETA 191
191, Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, Mints, Technology and Coin Production, Proceedings of the Round Table of the “Silver Monetary Depreciation and International Relations” program (ANR DAMIN, LabEx TransferS), Copenhagen, May 28-29) G. Depeyrot, M. Märcher ed., 430 p.
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Meeting in Warburg, Germany, 26-28 November 2015

A Workshop on Conflict Potentials in Monetary Unions will take place in Germany - HS-OWL University of Applied Sciences, Hanseatic city Warburg.
Some grants are available.
Mail to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Nautz

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Call for papers, Warburg

 

 

 

   

 

Meeting in California, May 2016

The final round table will take place in California – San Francisco, Stockton, Columbia, Virginia City - May 16-21.
This Round Table will focus on the questions of Mines, and all the topics of the DAMIN program.
Details will be posted on this site or mail to Georges Depeyrot

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MONETA 190
188, G. Depeyrot, Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, Imperialism and Gold Standard (1870-1900), Transfers of Precious Metals and Globalisation, III) G. Depeyrot, ed., 528 p.
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MONETA 189
188, G. Depeyrot, Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, Imperialism and Gold Standard (1870-1900), Transfers of Precious Metals and Globalisation, II) G. Depeyrot, ed., 370 p.
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MONETA 188
188, G. Depeyrot, Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, Imperialism and Gold Standard (1870-1900), Transfers of Precious Metals and Globalisation, I) G. Depeyrot, ed., 256 p.
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MONETA 187
Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, England, Republication of Royal Commission appointed to Inquire into the Recent Changes in the Relative Values of the Precious Metals, Final Report (London, 1888), Appendix to Final Report (London, 1888) G. Depeyrot, ed., 453 p.
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MONETA 186
Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, England, Republication of Royal Commission appointed to Inquire into the Recent Changes in the Relative Values of the Precious Metals, Second Report (London, 1888) G. Depeyrot, ed., 303 p.
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MONETA 185
Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, England, Republication of Royal Commission appointed to Inquire into the Recent Changes in the Relative Values of the Precious Metals First Report (London, 1887) G. Depeyrot, ed., 343 p.
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MONETA 184
Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History, Korea, Le commerce de la Corée selon Victor Collin de Plancy ministre plénipotentiaire (1887-1906), S. Michon, ed., 152 p.
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