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Prices, the military revolution, and western Europe's comparative advantage in violence

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  • PHILIP T. HOFFMAN

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Price data from England, France, and Germany show that the military sector in western Europe experienced rapid and sustained productivity growth well before the industrial revolution. The productivity growth has implications for the history of the military revolution in early modern Europe and helps explain why western Europe gained a comparative advantage in violence. It also raises questions about the economic impact of the military revolution.

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Article provided by Economic History Society in its journal The Economic History Review.

Volume (Year): 64 (2011)
Issue (Month): s1 (February)
Pages: 39-59

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ehsrev:v:64:y:2011:i:s1:p:39-59

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  1. Mark Dincecco & Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato, 2013. "Military Conflict and the Economic Rise of Urban Europe," Working Papers 7/2013, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, revised Nov 2013.
  2. Lagerlöf, Nils-Petter, 2014. "Population, technology and fragmentation: The European miracle revisited," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 87-105.
  3. Harrison, Mark, 2011. "Capitalism at War," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 60, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

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