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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
202 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German FirmMaking the European Monetary Union, and The War of Words.

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  1. The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Jan 26, 2023 Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.

  2. What Happens After the War?
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    What Happens After the War?

    Dec 21, 2022 Harold James considers historical lessons for managing the geopolitical aftermath of the conflict in Ukraine.

  3. Faking It, Making It, Losing It
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Nov 28, 2022 Harold James draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.

  4. What Really Brought Down Truss?
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    What Really Brought Down Truss?

    Oct 21, 2022 Harold James says there’s more to the story than the clash between fiscal and monetary policies.

  5. Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Sep 23, 2022 Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.

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