The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War

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Yale University Press
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448
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780300270488

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About the Author
Nicholas Mulder is an assistant professor of modern European history at Cornell University and regular contributor to Foreign Policy and The Nation.
Reviews
"Valuable . . . offers many lessons for Western policy makers today."--Paul Kennedy, Wall Street Journal

"Lucidly written, scholarly and thought-provoking."--Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

"Mulder . . . looks at sanctions over the three decades after the First World War--and reaches unsettling conclusions. . . . The lessons are sobering."--The Economist

"Mulder charts how the rise of economic sanctions and blockade during the interwar years, as a tool to enforce peace, drove the autarkic policies of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, ultimately destabilising the international system rather than fortifying it."--Robin Harding, Financial Times

"Mulder argues in his impeccably well-researched and, because of its timeliness, gripping book that 'sanctions did not stop political and economic disintegration but accelerated it' in the interwar period. . . . Mulder's book provides an uncomfortable warning that while sanctions have sometimes worked, they have also been contentious, ineffective and counterproductive."--Emma Duncan, The Times

"This revelatory history of 'economic warfare'--blockades and sanctions--reminds us that up to 400,000 people died of blockade-induced malnutrition in Central Europe in the First World War, plus 500,000 in the Ottoman Middle East. You will look at twentieth-century history with fresh eyes."--Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph, "Perfect Holiday Reads"

"Original and persuasive analysis. . . . For those who see economic sanctions as a relatively mild way of expressing displeasure at a country's behavior, this book, charting how they first emerged as a potential coercive instrument during the first decades of the twentieth century, will come as something of a revelation."--Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs

"As Nicholas Mulder shows in The Economic Weapon, a much longer history lies behind the invention of modern sanctions."--Tom Stevenson, London Review of Books

"A fascinating new book. . . . Taken as a superbly researched work of history, it lights up key aspects of the twentieth century in a deeply thought-provoking way."--Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph

"[A] superb study of sanctions during the interwar era. . . . Mulder's fascinating story weaves together politics, economics and law [and] provides invaluable insight into the experience of sanctions one hundred years ago."--Max Harris, Times Literary Supplement

"Terrifyingly relevant."--Rogé Karma, New York Times's "The Ezra Klein Show"

"Illuminating."--Chris Miller, American Purpose

"A highly relevant book."--Lars Erik Schönander, National Interest

"Brilliantly researched."--Pavlos Roufos, The Jacobin

"Nicholas Mulder has succeeded admirably here in rescuing the historical origins of sanctions from relative obscurity. . . . Mulder's thoroughly researched and intelligent assessment of the history of sanctions should be required reading for anyone contemplating Russia's new aggression."--Richard Overy, Journal of Strategic Studies

"The Economic Weapon is a superb account of the history of sanctions, and their profound impact on international politics. Although sanctions were once heralded as a force for peace, Mulder shows they often fail and sometimes make war more likely or even produce a humanitarian nightmare.&rdquot;--John Mearsheimer, author of The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

"This is a tour de force of historical research and argument. With great subtlety and richness, Nicholas Mulder transforms our understanding of twentieth-century global and international history."--David Edgerton, King's College London

"Mulder reveals the history of liberalism's ultimate weapon. An essential contribution both to scholarship and to the present-day debate on economic sanctions."--Adam Tooze, author of Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy