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Planning War, Pursuing Peace is the third in Koistinen's multivolume study on the political economy of American warfare. It differs from preceding volumes by examining the planning and investigation of war mobilization rather than the actual harnessing of the economy for hostilities, and it is also the first book to treat all phases of the political economy of wartime duriPlanning War, Pursuing Peace is the third in Koistinen's multivolume study on the political economy of American warfare. It differs from preceding volumes by examining the planning and investigation of war mobilization rather than the actual harnessing of the economy for hostilities, and it is also the first book to treat all phases of the political economy of wartime during those crucial interwar years. Koistinen first describes and analyzes the War and Navy Departments' procurement and economic mobilization planning - never before examined in its entirety - and conveys the enormity of the task faced by the military in establishing ties with many sectors of the economy. Koistinen then describes the American public's struggle to come to terms with modern warfare through in-depth explorations of the work of the House Select Committee on Expenditures in the War Department, the War Policies Commission, and the Senate Special Committee Investigating the Munitions Industry. He tells how these investigations alarmed pacifists, isolationists, and neo-Jeffersonians, and how they led Senator Gerald Nye and others to warn against the creation of "unhealthy alliances" between the armed services and industry....

Title : Planning War, Pursuing Peace: The Political Economy of American Empire, 1920-1939
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ISBN : 9780700608904
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 466 Pages
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  • Paul
    2018-10-24 13:14

    World War One provided a glimpse of the elements that were to become the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC). Paul Koistinen, in this third volume of his five volume Political Economy of American Warfare, says that the War Industries Board (WIB) of World War One was "a gigantic planning partnership of government and business that inextricably combined public and private interests" (p. 1). This, however, was just an anticipation of what was to come. The MIC as such did not yet exist. The New Deal era of the 1930s began to draw together the key threads.First, planning in the great depression was modeled on the warfare state planning which had emerged in World War One. "In the throes of the Great Depression, the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration opted for direct economic planning under the National Recovery Administration, which closely resembled the War Industries Board" (p. 3). This move at the level of overall economic planning needs, began to overlap with thinking in military circles. "World War I, argued [Assistant Secretary of War Benedict] Crowell, had demonstrated that modern warfare made industrial production as important to military success as tactics and strategy. Supply and procurement, therefore, must receive the same emphasis in War Department affairs as traditional military functions" (p. 6). "In the interwar years, the armed services used the planning process first to understand wartime developments and then to prepare for future hostilities so as to be on top of events. Through planning, the past merged with the present and even with the anticipated future" (p. 200).