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

Monday, May 4, 2020

Economics – and economists – were everywhere in the Second World War. Economic considerations motivated the war. The war was managed with the help of economics. Economic factors powerfully influenced its outcome. And there were profound and persistent economic consequences.

A new book from CEPR, edited by Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History, Oxford University and Director of the Economic History Programme at CEPR, and Mark Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and a CEPR Research Fellow, brings together 16 contributions by leading scholars from around the world on a range of aspects of the war. 

Topics include 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.

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Read a VoxEU column introduction