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In War, the Economic Weapon Is No Silver Bullet

Nicholas Mulder has detailed the history of a sanctions tool that many governments often take for granted

Nicholas MulderThe Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War (New Haven: Yale University Press). 448 pp., $32.50.

  • Lars Erik Schönander
  • The National Interest

Some books are timely because their authors felt a need to address a specific issue at a specific moment.

Other books are timely because history just so happened to make the subject matter relevant.

Nicholas Mulder’s The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War falls into the latter category.

Mulder sets to illuminate the early history of sanctions—known then as “The Economic Weapon,” as the…

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