Books to read- “Financial Missionaries to the World” by Emily Rosenberg

Emily Rosenberg discusses imperialism, global governance, gender and race in the context of the early 20th century.  Her book is timely as the role of the American governance rules are revisited in the framework of the decline and fall of the Pax Britannica. Her reconstruction of the rules of global governance overwhelms the critical analysis of the professional-managerial discourse, used in financial missions, that aimed to popularize the gold-exchange standard under the aegis of the American bankers.

The author presents a portrait of the political economy of international lending in the context of the early 20th century, pointing out the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective that could articulate the economic, social, cultural and political dimensions of the dollar diplomacy. Under Rosenberg’s view, the dollar diplomacy is not only understood as the set of economic policy recommendations but also as a process of homogenization of attitudes and behaviors all round the world. 


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