Economic Warfare and National Effort


    THE dominant conclusion which emerges from the admirable surveys of the work of the Department of Economic Warfare which Mr. Ronald H. Cross has recently given in the House of Commons and in a broadcast talk is that economic warfare is a field which demands very deliberate application of scientific methods if success is to be achieved. Nothing short of a really militant policy, taking full account of the known facts and undeterred by other considerations than its main purpose—that of making it as difficult and as expensive as possible for Germany to obtain her supplies—can be adequate. The task is from the outset more difficult than it was in 1914–18, for Germany now has access by land to the whole of Europe east of France, as well as to the greater part of Asia. We cannot afford to neglect loopholes which might be stopped by more efficient organization or a more scientific policy.

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    Economic Warfare and National Effort. Nature 145, 361–363 (1940).

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