Author Archives: Jamie Martin

About Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laureate Program in International History at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and international history and the history of capitalism. His current book project, Experts of the World Economy: European Stabilization and the Transformation of Global Capitalism in the Era of Total War (under advance contract at Harvard University Press) looks at the origins of the earliest international schemes to govern the world economy, which emerged out of European-led efforts to stabilize international order in the aftermath of World War I.


To find the practical formulas for this never-ending reconstruction of society is the supreme task of social science. The world catastrophe places tremendous difficulties in our way and may shake our confidence to the depths. Yet we have today in social science a greater trust in the improvability of man and society than we have ever had since the Enlightenment. —Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma (1944) Gunnar Myrdal (1898–1987) was the twentieth century’s most influential social democratic internationalist.1 Throughout his long career—first as economist, then Continue reading → Continue reading →

Gunnar Myrdal and the Failed Promises of the Postwar International Economic Settlement

An International Economy: Problems and Prospects Gunnar Myrdal New York: Harper and Row, 1956 During his decade of employment as head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1947–57), Gunnar Myrdal wrote a series of works, of varying length, on the competing aims of economic internationalism and nationalism and the possibility of their reconciliation. The longest and most systematic was An International Economy: Problems and Prospects (1956), which offered a comprehensive overview of international economics in the non-Soviet world. Myrdal’s book was both a Continue reading → Continue reading →