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As the crow flies, New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods isn’t so far from Canada.

But Bretton Woods is more than a resort in the White Mountains. As the sight of the greatest achievement in the history of international economic organization, Bretton Woods is also a metaphor for understanding that national welfare is tied to global co-operation.

Measured this way, the distance between Canada and Bretton Woods is far greater than the six-hour car ride from Ottawa.

In July, 1944, more than 700 delegates from 44 countries spent three weeks in negotiations at the palatial Mount Washington Hotel, which sits in the shadow...

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