""Appeasing Bankers" seamlessly combines historical, economic, and
political analysis and adds much to our understanding of the
domestic foundations of national security policy. Kirshner's logic
is impeccable and his prose highly engaging. This book is a
tremendous accomplishment."--Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto
""Appeasing Bankers" makes a pathbreaking contribution to the
study of conflict in international relations. With characteristic
verve, Jonathan Kirshner argues that 'bankers dread war'--a
comforting thought in an era of financial globalization. Historical
case studies, explored with a meticulous attention to detail,
persuasively demonstrate that financial interests tend to be among
the most resistant of all societal elements to appeals for war or
policies that risk war. This book is a must read for specialists in
international relations or international political
economy."--Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California, Santa
""Appeasing Bankers" is beautifully written and a genuine
pleasure to read. Kirshner artfully manages the difficult task of
balancing rich and engaging historical detail with cogent analytic
force. His arguments are original and important, and they are
carefully supported by an array of primary and secondary sources.
This book promises to become a classic of international political
economy."--Jacqueline Best, "University of Ottawa"
"This insightful, well-written book makes a significant
contribution to our understanding of the role of interest groups in
foreign policy and the relation between economics and security in
international politics. Kirshner finds a strong
generalization--namely, that financial interests are cautious
aboutwar, more so than other interest groups, regardless of time
period or country. It is rare in the study of politics to find an
empirical regularity as deep-seated and significant as this
one."--Michael Mastanduno, Dartmouth College
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