The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945 by Mira WilkinsThe History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945 by Mira Wilkins

The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945

byMira Wilkins

Hardcover | June 30, 2004

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Mira Wilkins, the foremost authority on foreign investment in the United States, continues her magisterial history in a work covering the critical years 1914-1945.

Wilkins includes all long-term inward foreign investments, both portfolio (by individuals and institutions) and direct (by multinationals), across such enterprises as chemicals and pharmaceuticals, textiles, insurance, banks and mortgage providers, other service sector companies, and mining and oil industries. She traces the complex course of inward investments, presents the experiences of the investors, and examines the political and economic conditions, particularly the range of public policies, that affected foreign investments. She also offers valuable discussions on the intricate cross-investments of inward and outward involvements and the legal precedents that had long-term consequences on foreign investment.

At the start of World War I, the United States was a debtor nation. By the end of World War II, it was a creditor nation with the strongest economy in the world. Integrating economic, business, technological, legal, and diplomatic history, this comprehensive study is essential to understanding the internationalization of the American economy, as well as broader global trends.

Mira Wilkins is Professor of Economics at Florida International University.
Title:The History of Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:1008 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.03 inPublished:June 30, 2004Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674013085

ISBN - 13:9780674013087

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures




1. The First World War, 1914-1918

2. America's New Role, 1919-1923

3. Survival, Expansion, and New Arrivals, 1919-1923

4. Prosperity, 1924-1929

5. The Foreign Multinationals, 1924-1929

6. A Time of Anguish, October 1929-March 1933

7. A World at Risk, 1933-1939

8. War Abroad, 1939-1941

9. World War II, 1941-1945

10. American Hegemony


1. Definitions

2. Notes on the Statistics

3. Detailed Sources for Tables 2.1, 8.3, and 10.1

4. Principal U.S. Federal Legislation Affecting Foreign Investment in the United States, 1914-1945




Editorial Reviews

The author has produced a work of impressive scholarship. Until the 1930s little data was collected on foreign investment, and Wilkins has done an admirable job in piecing together many sources to tell a coherent story set against a background of war, depression, and frequent changes in technology, public attitudes, and government policies.