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America's Economic Way of War: War and the US Economy from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War by Hugh Rockoff

Published By: New Approaches to Economic and Social History. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 978-0-521-85940-0, cloth; 978-0-521-67673-1, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Volker Janssen of California State University, Fullerton
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.2.544.r7
Review Pages: 557-58

Book Review Abstract

Volker Janssen of California State University, Fullerton reviews, "America's Economic Way of War: War and the US Economy from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War" by Hugh Rockoff. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores the economic causes and consequences of the wars that the United States fought in the twentieth century. Discusses a century of war; the economics of war; the Spanish-American War; the Philippine-American War; World War I; World War II; the Korean War; the Cold War; the Vietnam War; the Persian Gulf War; and the American economic way of war. Rockoff is Professor of Economics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey."


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Volker Janssen of California State University, Fullerton


JEL Classifications

E23: Macroeconomics: Production
H56: National Security and War
N41: Economic History: Government, War, Law, and Regulation: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
N42: Economic History: Government, War, Law, and Regulation: U.S.; Canada: 1913-


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