Book launch and Panel Discussion for The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War, by Nicholas Mulder
Panelists: Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University Nicholas Mulder, Assistant Professor of Modern European History, Cornell University Quinn Slobodian, Marion Butler MacLean Associate Professor of the History of Ideas, Wellesley College, and Co-Director of the History and Political Economy Project Moderator: Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and Director of the European Institute, Columbia University The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War (Yale University Press, 2022) is the first history of the origins of contemporary economic sanctions. Besides an examination of a largely underappreciated aspect of the League of Nations, it ranges across the interwar European, American and colonial scene to show the struggles that broke out among experts, policymakers, and social movements as interwar internationalists tried to make the world safe for sanctions. The book advances a novel interpretation of the interwar crisis of globalization, showing how the use of economic pressure in a time of growing nationalism had destabilizing effects, as blockade threats contributed to the slide into another world war. Finally, The Economic Weapon identifies a number of issues concerning sanctions–defining their scope and belligerence, calibrating their intensity, and dealing with neutrals and allied interests–that continue to plague their use today.