Forged By War

A new book project co-authored with Rosella Capella Zielinski is titled Forged by War: From Great War to Global Economy.


This project is inspired by work on historical institutionalism and seeks to unpack the legacy of allied economic cooperation during World War I.  We contend that core features of prominent institutions that operate in the modern global economy -- the European Union, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and even the World Trade Organization -- were first devised during World War I.  The strain of war compelled the major allied powers to experiment with various forms of institutionalized economic cooperation, including the creation of international organizations possessing supranational authority.  These wartime institutions then explicitly served as the blueprints for designing the international institutions that shaped the global economy after 1945.



These slides present an overview of the book project and summarize our evidence pertaining to the European Coal and Steel Community.



Click here to see a very early paper on the project. If you wish to cite this paper (in order to cite the project), please cite it as:


Cappella-Zielinski, Rosella and Paul Poast. "The War Financing Origins of American Liberal Institutionalism: The Inter-Allied Purchasing Commission and American Entry into World War I". Paper Presented at the Chicago Compliance in International Security Institutions Workshop. Chicago, IL. May 5, 2017.



While this project is new, we have already presented components of it (using the above slides) at the annual meetings of the Peace Science Society and International Studies Association, and in seminars/workshops at the University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M University, University of Illinois, University of Colorado, Dartmouth College, Yale University, and Boston University.  It has also already been featured in media outlets, such as in this article on the future of the "Liberal Order"