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The economics of the Second World War: Seventy-five years on – a new eBook

26 days ago

WWII was the last time that Western societies were mobilised for an all-consuming conflict that demanded years of sacrifice and service from every citizen and every family. Such watershed moments are sometimes neglected in economics. This column presents a new VoxEU eBook that brings together recent research on a range of aspects of the war including the extensive war preparations of the great powers, the conduct of the war – including the management of economic mobilisation, economic warfare, economic exploitation, and the role of economists – and the war’s consequences for demography, inequality, economic recovery, and political attitudes.

In May 2020 we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, with Victory over Japan to follow in September. In WWII,

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The Economics of the Second World War: Seventy-Five Years On

26 days ago

May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, a defining moment in modern history which signalled the beginning of the end of years of bloody conflict that left a world fragmented. The scale of mobilisation of all sectors of the economy and society had redefined the concept of ‘total war’. This eBook brings together recent research on a range of aspects of the war including the extensive war preparations of the great powers; the conduct of the war (including the management of economic mobilisation, economic warfare, economic exploitation, and the role of economists); and the war’s consequences for demography, inequality, economic recovery and political attitudes. Overall this eBook provides a unique insight into the importance of

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New eBook: The economics of the Great War: A centennial perspective

November 6, 2018

The Great War (as World War I was known until 1939)1 formed the 20th century. To mark the centennial of the end of the war in November 1918, it is fitting to review recent work on the economics of the Great War and reassess the state of knowledge. A new Vox eBook includes 20 short essays grouped together into three parts covering the preparations for, conduct of, and consequences of the war. 
Download the VoxEU eBook, The Economics of the Great War: A Centennial Perspective, here
Preparations for war
There has always been disagreement over the origins of the Great War, with many authors offering different views of the key factors. One dimension concerns whether the actions of agents should be characterised as rational or irrational. Avner Offer continues to take the popular view

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The Economics of the Great War: A Centennial Perspective

November 6, 2018

World War I formed the 20th century. On the centennial of its end in November 1918, this eBook brings together 20 contributions covering the preparations for, conduct of, and consequences of the war. 

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Part I: Introduction and overview
IntroductionStephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison
1 Four myths about the Great WarMark Harrison
Part II: Preparations for war
2 Too many smoking guns: How a conflict in the Balkans became a world warRoger L. Ransom
3 Inequality, imperialism, and the outbreak of World War IBranko Milanovic
4 The prewar arms race and the causes of the Great WarJari Eloranta
5 Lessons from the financial preparations in the lead-up to World War IHarold James
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