The Roads not Taken

  • Myron J. Frankman
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The period extending from the Great Depression through the end of World War II was characterized by an earnest and intense search for formulas that would save humanity first from the economic, political, social, and personal shocks associated with the breakdown of markets and subsequently from the destruction and suffering of global war, seen by many to have been a direct consequence of the absence of a smoothly functioning global order during the 1930s. The hope was that with stronger central mechanisms a renewed outbreak of the beggar-thy-neighbor policies of the 1930s could be prevented and ultimately that peace could be preserved. This period produced dozens of blueprints for a more stable, more secure future, few of them particularly democratic. The lack of concern for democratic form should not surprise us given the then widespread prevalence of rigid hierarchical social and political structures, as well as extensive colonial systems subject to distant control over local conditions.


Latin American Country Marshall Plan Moral Equivalent Latin American Government Wartime Experience 
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  • Myron J. Frankman
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  1. 1.McGill UniversityCanada

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