Waging War with Gold: National Security and the Finance Domain Across the Ages

Lynne Rienner


Barnes and Noble

“The sinews of war,” posited Cicero, “are infinite money.” Can the same be said of security? Tackling this thought-provoking question, the authors of Waging War with Gold show how states across the centuries have weaponized the global finance domain—a constellation of economic, legal, and monetary relations—in order to exert influence and pursue national interests.



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