Whitehall and the control of prices and profits in a major war, 1919-1939

Rollings, N. (2001) Whitehall and the control of prices and profits in a major war, 1919-1939. Historical Journal, 44(2), pp. 517-540. (doi:10.1017/S0018246X0100187X)

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Abstract

For much of the interwar period there was discussion in Whitehall of the policy to control prices and profits in any future major war. Opinion was divided between those who believed that the control of prices and profits would be necessary in return for controlling labour in the light of the experience of the First World War, and those who focused on the financial aspects of the issue, in which the control of prices and profits was seen to play little positive role. This second strand of thinking, rooted in the treasury, predominated, particularly once rearmament began: the co-operation of business and labour, it was argued, was best achieved by maintaining the status quo. As a result, once war did break out, legislation had to be enacted very rapidly to meet popular demands. More generally, this study throws light on the nature of interwar government in Britain and its attitude towards intervention.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rollings, Professor Neil
Authors: Rollings, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Historical Journal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0002-8762
First Published:First published in The Historical Journal 44(2):517-540
Publisher Policy:©2001 Cambridge University Press

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