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This article explores the determinants of price level fluctuations in Britain during the first suspension of the gold standard over the 1797-1821 period. I find that the contemporary price level was determined by world gold prices and expectations regarding the resumption of the gold standard at the pre-war parity. As the latter hinged on market participants' expectations concerning the financial burden of the Napoleonic Wars, my contribution establishes the importance of fiscal factors for thedoi:10.2139/ssrn.2374364 fatcat:xu5ifi64d5hrvkycxa4cxj6nii