Ludwig von Mises on war and the economy

  • Christopher J. CoyneEmail author
  • Anne R. Bradley


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.


Liberal peace Ludwig von Mises War economy War socialism 

JEL classification

B13 B53 F50 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.WashingtonUSA

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