- Earning from History: Financial Markets and the Approach of World Wars
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- by Ferguson, Niall
- We are living through a paradox—or so it seems. Since September 11, 2001, according to a number of neo-conservative commentators, America has been fighting World War III (or IV, if you like to give the Cold War a number). For more than six years, these commentators have repeatedly drawn parallels between the "War on Terror" that is said to have begun in September 2001 and World War II. Immediately after 9/11, Al Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups were branded "Islamofascists". Their attack on the World Trade Center was said to be our generation’s Pearl Harbor. In addition to coveting weapons of mass destruction and covertly sponsoring terrorism, Saddam Hussein was denounced as an Arab Hitler. The fall of Baghdad was supposed to be like the liberation of Paris. Anyone who opposed the policy of pre-emption was an appeaser. And so on. Yet throughout this period of heightened terrorist threats and overseas military interventions, financial markets have displayed a remarkable insouciance.
- Publication Type: WCFIA Working Paper
- Published Date: February 17, 2008
- Field of Interest: International Economics
- Ferguson, Niall. "Earning from History: Financial Markets and the Approach of World Wars." Working Paper 2008-0122, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, February 17, 2008.
- Also part of Brooking Papers on Economic Activity.