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Economists at War: How a Handful of Economists Helped Win and Lose the World Wars

Alan Bollard


Economists at War tells the story of a group of remarkable economists, and how they used their skills to help their countries fight their battles during the turbulent period covering the Chinese–Japanese War, World War I, and the Cold War. Politicians and generals cannot win wars if they do not have resources. This book focuses on the lives and achievements of seven finance ministers, advisors, and central bankers from Japan, China, Germany, the UK, the USSR, and the US. They all had connections, and their stories are interlinked. 1935–55 was a time of conflict, confrontation and destruction. ... More

Keywords: wartime economists, finance ministers, economic advisors, economic policy, war finances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846000
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Bollard, author
Professor of Economics, Victoria University of Wellington