Yukihiro Ikeda, Annalisa Rosselli

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


The idea of calling on historians of economic thought to reflect on the relationship between war and economics originated from a specific circumstance and a general feeling. The specific circumstance was the 100th anniversary of WWI, which renewed the interest of researchers in the place of war in our culture, in its many aspects. The general feeling was the impression that the delusion that humanity is progressing towards a totally peacefully era has come to an end. This optimistic view, nurtured by the long absence of gigantic conflicts on a global scale, seemed plausible to the generations born in the richest countries after WWII, who had never experienced war. However, in recent years, ethnic and religious conflicts, millions of refugees, the disintegration of whole states, resurgent nationalisms and the possibility of a new arms race have compelled us to acknowledge the fragility of peace. Unfortunately, war is not an outdated subject.1.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWar in the History of Economic Thought
Subtitle of host publicationEconomists and the Question of War
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351997010
ISBN (Print)9781138244733
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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