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"Appeasing Bankers seamlessly combines historical, economic, and political analysis and adds much to our understanding of the domestic foundations of national security policy. Kirshner's logic is impeccable and his prose highly engaging. This book is a tremendous accomplishment."--Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto

"Appeasing Bankers makes a pathbreaking contribution to the study of conflict in international relations. With characteristic verve, Jonathan Kirshner argues that 'bankers dread war'--a comforting thought in an era of financial globalization. Historical case studies, explored with a meticulous attention to detail, persuasively demonstrate that financial interests tend to be among the most resistant of all societal elements to appeals for war or policies that risk war. This book is a must read for specialists in international relations or international political economy."--Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Appeasing Bankers is beautifully written and a genuine pleasure to read. Kirshner artfully manages the difficult task of balancing rich and engaging historical detail with cogent analytic force. His arguments are original and important, and they are carefully supported by an array of primary and secondary sources. This book promises to become a classic of international political economy."--Jacqueline Best, University of Ottawa

"This insightful, well-written book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of interest groups in foreign policy and the relation between economics and security in international politics. Kirshner finds a strong generalization--namely, that financial interests are cautious about war, more so than other interest groups, regardless of time period or country. It is rare in the study of politics to find an empirical regularity as deep-seated and significant as this one."--Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth College

Synopsis:

"Appeasing Bankers seamlessly combines historical, economic, and political analysis and adds much to our understanding of the domestic foundations of national security policy. Kirshner's logic is impeccable and his prose highly engaging. This book is a tremendous accomplishment."--Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto

"Appeasing Bankers makes a pathbreaking contribution to the study of conflict in international relations. With characteristic verve, Jonathan Kirshner argues that 'bankers dread war'--a comforting thought in an era of financial globalization. Historical case studies, explored with a meticulous attention to detail, persuasively demonstrate that financial interests tend to be among the most resistant of all societal elements to appeals for war or policies that risk war. This book is a must read for specialists in international relations or international political economy."--Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Appeasing Bankers is beautifully written and a genuine pleasure to read. Kirshner artfully manages the difficult task of balancing rich and engaging historical detail with cogent analytic force. His arguments are original and important, and they are carefully supported by an array of primary and secondary sources. This book promises to become a classic of international political economy."--Jacqueline Best, University of Ottawa

"This insightful, well-written book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of interest groups in foreign policy and the relation between economics and security in international politics. Kirshner finds a strong generalization--namely, that financial interests are cautious about war, more so than other interest groups, regardless of time period or country. It is rare in the study of politics to find an empirical regularity as deep-seated and significant as this one."--Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth College

Synopsis:

In Appeasing Bankers, Jonathan Kirshner shows that bankers dread war--an aversion rooted in pragmatism, not idealism. "Sound money, not war" is hardly a pacifist rallying cry. The financial world values economic stability above all else, and crises and war threaten that stability. States that pursue appeasement when assertiveness--or even conflict--is warranted, Kirshner demonstrates, are often appeasing their own bankers. And these realities are increasingly shaping state strategy in a world of global financial markets. Yet the role of these financial preferences in world politics has been widely misunderstood and underappreciated. Liberal scholars have tended to lump finance together with other commercial groups; theorists of imperialism (including, most famously, Lenin) have misunderstood the preferences of finance; and realist scholars have failed to appreciate how the national interest, and proposals to advance it, are debated and contested by actors within societies. Finance's interest in peace is both pronounced and predictable, regardless of time or place. Bankers, Kirshner shows, have even opposed assertive foreign policies when caution seems to go against their nation's interest (as in interwar France) or their own long-term political interest (as during the Falklands crisis, when British bankers failed to support their ally Margaret Thatcher). Examining these and other cases, including the Spanish-American War, interwar Japan, and the United States during the Cold War, Appeasing Bankers shows that, when faced with the prospect of war or international political crisis, national financial communities favor caution and demonstrate a marked aversion to war.

About the Author

Jonathan Kirshner is professor of government at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

CHAPTER 1: What Does Finance Want? 1

CHAPTER 2: Ourselves Alone: Financial Opposition to the Spanish-American War 31

CHAPTER 3: Meet the New Boss: The Rise of the Military and the Defeat of Finance in Interwar Japan 58

CHAPTER 4: Interwar France: Your Money or Your Life 89

CHAPTER 5: "National Security Rests on the Dollar": The Early Cold War and Korea 122

CHAPTER 6: Taking One for the Team? Finance and the Falklands War 154

CHAPTER 7: Speculations: Finance, Power Politics, and Globalization 203

Index 227

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691134611
Author:
Kirshner, Jonathan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Public Finance
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Banks & Banking
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
War -- Economic aspects.
Subject:
Banks and banking -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illus. 5 tables.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Business » Banking
Business » History and Biographies
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » History

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"Synopsis" by , "Appeasing Bankers seamlessly combines historical, economic, and political analysis and adds much to our understanding of the domestic foundations of national security policy. Kirshner's logic is impeccable and his prose highly engaging. This book is a tremendous accomplishment."--Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto

"Appeasing Bankers makes a pathbreaking contribution to the study of conflict in international relations. With characteristic verve, Jonathan Kirshner argues that 'bankers dread war'--a comforting thought in an era of financial globalization. Historical case studies, explored with a meticulous attention to detail, persuasively demonstrate that financial interests tend to be among the most resistant of all societal elements to appeals for war or policies that risk war. This book is a must read for specialists in international relations or international political economy."--Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Appeasing Bankers is beautifully written and a genuine pleasure to read. Kirshner artfully manages the difficult task of balancing rich and engaging historical detail with cogent analytic force. His arguments are original and important, and they are carefully supported by an array of primary and secondary sources. This book promises to become a classic of international political economy."--Jacqueline Best, University of Ottawa

"This insightful, well-written book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of interest groups in foreign policy and the relation between economics and security in international politics. Kirshner finds a strong generalization--namely, that financial interests are cautious about war, more so than other interest groups, regardless of time period or country. It is rare in the study of politics to find an empirical regularity as deep-seated and significant as this one."--Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth College

"Synopsis" by , In Appeasing Bankers, Jonathan Kirshner shows that bankers dread war--an aversion rooted in pragmatism, not idealism. "Sound money, not war" is hardly a pacifist rallying cry. The financial world values economic stability above all else, and crises and war threaten that stability. States that pursue appeasement when assertiveness--or even conflict--is warranted, Kirshner demonstrates, are often appeasing their own bankers. And these realities are increasingly shaping state strategy in a world of global financial markets. Yet the role of these financial preferences in world politics has been widely misunderstood and underappreciated. Liberal scholars have tended to lump finance together with other commercial groups; theorists of imperialism (including, most famously, Lenin) have misunderstood the preferences of finance; and realist scholars have failed to appreciate how the national interest, and proposals to advance it, are debated and contested by actors within societies. Finance's interest in peace is both pronounced and predictable, regardless of time or place. Bankers, Kirshner shows, have even opposed assertive foreign policies when caution seems to go against their nation's interest (as in interwar France) or their own long-term political interest (as during the Falklands crisis, when British bankers failed to support their ally Margaret Thatcher). Examining these and other cases, including the Spanish-American War, interwar Japan, and the United States during the Cold War, Appeasing Bankers shows that, when faced with the prospect of war or international political crisis, national financial communities favor caution and demonstrate a marked aversion to war.
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