Daily Archives: Jan 29, 2022 at 07:57 am EST

Book Bits: 29 January 2022

The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War
Nicholas Mulder
Review via Foreign Affairs
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. In an original and persuasive analysis, Mulder shows how isolating aggressors from global commerce and finance was seen as an alternative to war that worked precisely because of the pain it imposed on the target society.

Continue reading