Forged By War: From Great War to Global Economy

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 4:10pm


MG 112

Boston University's Rosella Cappella will present at Lehigh on April 8th as part of the Efron Speaker Series.

Join us at 4:10 pm in MG 112 

Forged By War: From Great War to Global Economy

This project is inspired by work on historical institutionalism and seeks to unpack the legacy of allied economic cooperation during World War I. We contend that core features of prominent institutions that operate in the modern global economy – from the European Union, to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and even the World Trade Organization – were first devised during World War I. The strain of war compelled the major powers to experiment with various forms of institutionalized economic cooperation, including the creation of international organizations possessing supranational authority. These wartime institutions then served as the blueprints for designing the international institutions that shaped the global economy after 1945