O que já não é o caso de Afeganistão e Iraque: nas nyse pode fazer milagres: reconstrução é algo bem diferente de desenvolvimento. Os dois bem sucedidos já eram economias avançadas quando foram dominadis por gangues militaristas e expansionistas.
Paulo Roberto de Almeida
Histories of war generally focus on the details of key battles, turning points, and heroes. Less examined is the economic aftermath of war. During the twentieth century, the United States employed its military to govern many defeated or troubled areas beyond its borders and these actions continued during the early twenty-first century as the U.S. military become involved in governing Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the motivation behind Brigham Young University historian Grant Madsen’s Sovereign Soldiers, as he documents the American military as an external state in the years just after World War II. These soldiers were not charged with defeating the enemy, but rather, getting civilian populations back on their feet. The book traces the steps of heavyweights such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lucius Clay, and Douglas MacArthur — important American generals who subsequently became military governors of postwar Germany and Japan. It also examines the roles of lesser known occupation officials such as General William Marquat, Joseph Dodge, and General William Draper, among others.
Jason E. Taylor is Professor of Economics at Central Michigan University. His book, Deconstructing the Monolith: The Microeconomics of the National Industrial Recovery Act, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in December 2018.