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Books in brief: Grave New World by Stephen D King

"The deep integration of the 1990s and 2000s was not inevitable and nor may it prove irreversible"

By Duncan Weldon   June 2017

Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History, by Stephen D King (Yale University Press, £20)

In the three decades or so until 2008, the global economy became much more integrated as services, goods, people and capital crossed borders at an ever increasing rate.

The vast majority of economists and most mainstream politicians saw this as inevitable and almost irreversible. Today, though, things look rather different. The election of President Donald Trump on an “America First” platform, Britain’s vote to leave the EU and the rise of populist, anti-globalisation forces…

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