Ludwig von Mises on War and the Economy

27 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2019 Last revised: 11 Apr 2019

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Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Anne Rathbone Bradley

Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Date Written: January 11, 2019

Abstract

In 1919, in the wake of the Central Power’s defeat in World War I, Ludwig von Mises published his second book, Nation, State, and Economy. The book explores the consequences of war and the type of political and economic arrangements likely to generate a lasting peace in the future. This paper reviews the book’s key themes regarding the relationship between war and the economy. We make connections between Mises’ insights and contemporary literature in order to demonstrate the continuing relevance of Nation, State, and Economy a century after its publication.

Keywords: liberal peace, Ludwig von Mises, war economy, war socialism

JEL Classification: B13, B53, F50

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Bradley, Anne Rathbone, Ludwig von Mises on War and the Economy (January 11, 2019). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 19-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3314394

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Anne Rathbone Bradley

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