The World's Economic Dilemma

The World's Economic Dilemma

The World's Economic Dilemma

The World's Economic Dilemma

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In recent years the study of international affairs has greatly increased in the United States, a change that is due to the new position in which we find ourselves since the World War. Some of the problems that we are facing were gradually appearing and we would have been compelled to attempt their solution in a few years even if we had remained at peace. The war merely accelerated the movement and by so doing has introduced complications. Also some of the problems are more acute because they have developed so rapidly and their sudden appearance has not given us adequate time to adjust our thinking.

What is true of the people of the United States is true in varying degrees of people in other parts of the world. There are many changes elsewhere as well as here. The increasing economic interdependence of all countries has presented an entirely new set of facts and forces. Many of them either are unknown or else are little understood. This has been particularly serious since so many of them are economic while those entrusted with the conduct of public affairs and with the responsibility for making decisions have lacked economic training. Economists without political training might have done still worse. There certainly has been a crying need for a blend of the two.

When we turn to the literature in the field we are struck with the lack of any broad treatment of many of the issues involved. There are many volumes appearing, particularly in these postwar years, but they fall into two general groups. The first are written by historians, by journalists, and by political scientists and reflect the specialized inter-

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