Capitalism, Commitment, and Peace

  title={Capitalism, Commitment, and Peace},
  author={Patrick McDonald},
  journal={International Interactions},
  pages={146 - 168}
  • P. McDonald
  • Published 18 May 2010
  • Economics
  • International Interactions
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