One of the great thinkers of the early 20th century, American
economist and sociologist THORSTEIN BUNDE VEBLEN (1857-1929) is
best remembered for coining the phrase "conspicuous consumption."
In the waning days of World War I, he turned his expertise on a
pressing issue of the day: how to create a lasting, healthy peace,
and how industry might contribute to it. In this 1917 book, Veblen
explores... . how the concept of patriotism can undermine efforts
toward peace . how modern commerce can unify nations . why honor
must be sustained by surrendering nations . how war in the 20th
century is a battle between modes of government and national
character . and more. ALSO FROM COSIMO: Veblen's The Vested
Interests and the Common Man, The Theory of Business Enterprise,
and Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution
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